Final Days then Home Sweet Home!
On Friday, one team went out to accomplish three plots accessed by kayaks. I remained at the bunkhouse to complete zoo and then was lucky to head out to Honey Island Swamp to gather caterpillars on a plot. The water had subsided finally but the plot we landed on had limited life. My guess, most life diminished in the flooding waters. I believe we found approximately 15 caterpillars from our plot. In our plot, we also accessed the plant life by calculating the number of leaves on every piece of vegetation. As you can imagine, this can take quite a bit of time. (by the way, this is done on EVERY plot) On this plot, we found a large population of Chinese Tallow. Scientist Mark had us assess the number of leaves on each plant, then pull it out to remove it. His rationale was because it causes the soil to be toxic and kill other plants around it. Additionally, only one type of leaf rolling/curling caterpillar has been identified as eating this vegetation. Rebecca is doing an additional project on this topic, so our find was exciting!