In working to save destroyed rainforests and to restore human dominated landscapes in tropical regions, land managers and landowners have been planting fig trees, or Ficus spp. individuals, on their properties for several years. This is due to fig trees being a keystone species in the tropics; Ficus spp. fruit all year round, are included in the diets of over 2,000 vertebrate species, and there are over 800 species of fig trees under the Ficus genus. Read more
Did you know that East Texas has 675,000 acres of forest and grasslands? Did you know that Texas boasts some of the most ecologically significant forests in the U.S.? When I started my internship with the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club in January, I didn’t know either of those facts. Read more
For my internship, we are using Wildlife Acoustic sound recorders (SM4) to collect data on the bird and anuran community in Wild Basin.
The following entry is something I wrote during my second weather balloon launch from Costa Rica. Because launches happen weekly every Friday morning, I have now participated in four launches here, going on five tomorrow morning.
January 27, 2017