The habitat team did have some rough terrain to cover today and some thick plants to thrash through, making their concern about snakes very real. They had a huge number of plants to catalog but got more efficient in their work today.
We were followed around by a motmot for a while, and maybe it could be considered their guardian motmot after the snake encounter.
The bird teams continued to get great data from point counts, netting and behavioral observations, and I'm looking forward to spending more time with them tomorrow. Sebastian was showing me his collection of amazing ants, and he's very excited to get back to campus to get them identified. There's only so much he can do here, but I think he'll have some interesting surprises once they are under a microscope.
Finally, there's one other support team member that I should acknowledge here in addition to our great field assistant Elise. My husband, Richard Marsden, has been a part of this project since it began, and has worked a lot with the students both as an additional chaperone as well as in the field with tech support.