During the winter, I get stuck in the office for months at a time. My hiking boots get crusty, my Camelbak gets moldy, and I loose my fearlessness of snakes and spiders. Then usually on March 15 each year, the first day of golden-cheeked warbler survey season, I am violently chucked back into the great outdoors for two months. No food, no water. Just me, a clipboard, my trusty compass, and the woodland beasties to guide me through the Hill Country outback. You’re lucky I made it back to the office to write this blog.
I jest. I have a GPS and some homemade trail mix to get me through. I’m not kidding about the beasties though.. they follow me. It’s why I wear these:
Yeah, and I shimmy all up on them like that too.
It was gorgeous for today’s field work though, which consisted of looking for toads and toad habitat out east of these parts.
A few weeks back he and I were out in the field and he caught a snake. It was terribly exciting. Diamondback water snake. Nonvenomous, but he sure does put on an angry show to try to make you think he is.
I like my job because I get to see species that a lot of people don’t get to see, usually because they are listed as endangered by USFWS. Today I added a new species to my list: Houston Toad… tadpoles.
It is estimated that there are about 200,000 of these little guys in the pond. Only about 4 of them will make it…
Wow, that was tragic. So I’ll leave you with this shirt, which is a real live shirt for sale on the interweb. Why won’t natural selection select out stupid t-shirt makers?
It’s only mildly funny because I am a redhead.
‘On Thursday — it’s a holiday!’ – TMBG