May 12, 2011
Windy morning, but it promises to be a much better day! The volunteers find 99 of 100 of the traps that blew away in the storm. Excellent!
Others of us go looking to catch ibex kids, but we do not get close. On the other hand we do find a new vulture nest! After lunch other groups also try to catch ibex kids, but again, no luck.
The next few days I am searching for snakes with volunteers, Luis, and another friend Karin Holser on some days. We are hoping to study colubers (snakes), but mostly we find vipers – bummer. Still, it's quite interesting to see how many vipers there are.
The hedgehog team find the radio telemetry unit of a hedgehog that shed the unit with its quills (just like it's
supposed to work – the quills are actually modified hairs that hedgehogs periodically shed). Cool stuff!
It's a calm morning that turns into a warm and beautiful da! One team finishes checking vulture nests, while the other group goes to radio track argali and ibex, while some of us continue searching for snakes.