Thursday, April 22, 2010

Field techniques - Getting there

During the field season, from about May through September, CNHP ecologists, botanists, and zoologists are racking up the miles, traveling to sites all over Colorado. Here is a typical commute, and some tips on what to expect:

First, the morning rush hour-
When is a cow not a cow? When it is a road hog! (ba-dum-bump)

Plan for delays-
A spare tire is your best friend. Plus, any day you don't go over a cliff is a good day indeed.

Stay on designated roads, even if those roads are, well, mud-
"I know I have a car-wash coupon around here somewhere."

Once out of the car, remember to take all the necessary gear with you, because you don't want to have to go back-
"Are we there yet?"

What the field office lacks in amenities, it makes up for in fresh air and sunshine-
...and bugs and wind and, oh look, it's those cows again.

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