June 14th – Overcast

We began this morning at 8:30 am with most of the team heading out to observe pollinators, however¬†no pollinators were seen because it was so cold and rainy! While the rest of the team was watching for pollinators Abby and I worked on crossing in the west unit of the Staffanson Prairie preserve as part of the compatibility experiment! When it started to rain the team gave up on pollinators but, Will, who very generously¬†drove us to Staffanson came and helped us finish the crossing so that we didn’t have to sit out in the rain by ourselves.


Abby is worried about the aphids drowning in the rain so she retreats into her shell.

After failing to see any pollinators this morning the team went out to P1 to work on the aphid exclusion and addition experiment. Under the strict guidance of Abby, our resident aphid expert, we quickly finished adding and removing aphids from the 70 plants that are part of the experiment!


Will is waiting to start playing Catan, he is so excited.

We had plans to measure the plants in P2 in the afternoon but the cold rainy weather would have made that difficult. Stuart gave us the afternoon off to work on proposals and relax; Will, James, Lea and I decided to focus on the relaxation part and play a friendly game of Settlers of Catan. James and I consider ourselves to be experts at this game, as we have played it many times.


“I have memorized the rule book so you don’t need to read it Will” – James 2016

The game lasted a long time and Lea did a really good job of stealing all of Will’s brick cards. In the end Will narrowly beat me. I am pretty salty about the whole ordeal because I really like to win, but Will is just really good at board games I guess.

Signing off –



1 comment to June 14th – Overcast

  • Leah Prescott

    But didn’t Will get one more turn than you, Amy? I wonder who would have really won if you all had been given an equal number of turns…

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