What better way to spend a Friday than to measure carbon dioxide in different soil samples, prepare to find microbial biomass and wind down with Montana fried foods? For the first time on the trip, a grizzly bear was spotted and wolves reported to be on the other side of the hill. My question was; why didn’t anyone run? Who knows, maybe bear spray works well on wolves too.
It is sad to realize that areas that were ALDE (invasive species) free three to five years ago are now swamped. What will it look like five years from now? We need to figure out what can be done to reduce the amount of existing invasives without wiping the natives out and creating bare patches.
On the bright side, the weather has been changing beautifully. I am hoping for blue skies pretty soon and maybe even a sunset. In the meantime, we shall continue doing what we do best…SCIENCE.