By Morgan Kinniry
The Belle Bat team just arrived home from a month of working at our field site in New Mexico. This month was one of the most incredible and fun experiences that I have ever had the pleasure of taking part in. During my time at the field site, I kept a running list of things that I learned to share with those who couldn’t be there. Please enjoy the list below of some of the things I learned over the last month:
- Rattlesnakes sound like sprinklers.
- Desert sunsets/sunrises are the best
- The scent of bat guano can become kind of endearing with time
- The Milky Way looks like a sparkly cloud
- Harris’ Hawks make great biological drones
- Mechanical drones sound like a swarm of bees
- Fast flying bats sound like zippers
- Bat emergence waits for NO ONE
- Baby bats are pink
- Baby buffalo are red
- Asking locals (during mass) is the best way to find a good lunch spot
- Oryx have impressive antlers
- Bats are not afraid of drones
- Trader Joe’s bags are GREAT for carrying anything/everything
- Desert dust is very apt at finding its way into everything
- It’s possible to live for a month without internet or cell service
- Running a 5k is possible
- The rumors are true: dry heat is truly more tolerable than humidity
I am so grateful to Dr. Kloepper and the Biology Department at Saint Mary’s College for allowing me to take part in this experience. Now I just need to analyze data and write my senior comprehensive!
June 10, 2017 at 12:25 am
We miss the BelleBats at the Pike Davis Ranch in Texas this summer.