Today some of our friends from the Mara came to the river with us to help out with our work and see what we're up to. Here are Nick, Julia and Wes picking aquatic insects out of a net and off of stones by the river.
Friday, November 30, 2012
|Checking out our catch|
|Frank examining the net for bugs|
|Picking bugs out of the net|
Here are some mayflies we caught from the family Beatidae. Mayflies, in the order Ephemeroptera, are fairly sensitive to water quality. Baetidae are collector-gatherers that feed on plant detritus in the river. This is probably the most common family we catch, although there are many different species included in the family. In this picture, there are two different species of the same family.
Here are some mayflies we caught from the family Tricorythidae, which are also collector-gatherers.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
|Carcass meat hanging off my experiment|
|Measuring biofilm activity on carcasses|
|Mayfly larvae on a wildebeest carcass|
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Still at the garage. I've clocked in about 20 hours here over the last 2 and 1/2 days. Still trying to find the source of the rumbling noise. Replaced and inspected countless parts and still can't find it. Now we're back to the transfer case. Time to open it up...again. But...we can't till the rain stops.
|Wildebeest bones in the Mara|
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
We wanted to thank the team of builders and engineers who are helping install the equipment at the bridge for our water meter, as well as all the Mara Conservancy rangers and staff who help us with our work all the time, so the night before Thanksgiving, we had a traditional Kenyan goat roast with them. We bought a large goat from one of our friends, packed him up in the Land Rover and drove down to the bridge.
|Goat in the Land Rover - awesome!|
|Cooking goat over the fire|
|At camp with Warden Konchella|
|Celebrating with friends|
|Dinner table panorama|
Monday, November 26, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
A big thanks to WWF...we are now testing out a telemetry system for our water quality meter at the lower Mara bridge. Soon, you'll be able to see data from the Mara River live on the internet. I believe this will be the first uplinked river in East Africa. More to come soon!
Friday, November 23, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
This....is about 350 rotting, dead wildebeest. They smell extremely bad...the type of smell that makes you gag...crocodiles have moved into the area to feed on them...there around about 50 vultures and marabou storks all over them....and the list goes on as to why this is not a fun part of the job.
So...what do I do? Instead of getting in the water, we "modify" the method a bit and just sweep the net around a bit on the bottom just downstream of the bodies. What did we find?
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The migration is over and the wildebeest have successfully shortened all the grass. Perhaps the hippos aren't getting enough food during the evenings so they are having to supplement their intake?