Monday, June 22, 2009
Today was our last day at Snake Cay. In a nutshell, Team Chipojo had a great time and a productive field season. A preliminary glance at the data set demonstrates, that in a relatively short period of time, the behavior of A. sagrei has changed dramatically in response to the presence of curly tails. Some of the most striking changes include; shift in habitat use, foraging behavior and perch selection. On a lighter note, Barbarita left today, she is looking forward to her next stop, a few weeks doing more behavioral research with anoles in Puerto Rico. I will venture to say, that she has finally seen the light, and I am looking forward to follow her development as a Behavioral Ecologist. Last but not least, El Chivo is beginning graduate school on August 2009, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! I can say without hesitation, that I would not like to be the field assistant trying to fill his shoes next year. Those are some VERY BIG shoes.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Day 36: Today we broke the 450 mark, that is, we have collected more than 450 focal observations of A. sagrei. Not bad if we take into consideration that today Chivo took some time to play during the high tide (please see picture). Also, it looks like we have punched the ticket to Pico Turquino, and we are looking forward for the trip. Particularly Chivo who learned right before his trip to Abaco that he is 88% Cuban. He has spent endless hours reading about the culture and history of “la tierra que vio nacer a José Marti” and sharing the information with us. A lot of fun, most of the time!!!!!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Day 35: No need to say that the weather was lousy, for a change. Nevertheless, we are only one video away from 425 observations. As we like to say back home “Pico Turquino preparate que el Chivo esta haciendo las maletas.” In other news, Barbarita took the afternoon off, to go play at Hopetown. I do have to admit it was not the same to run away from the storms without her in the boat.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Day 34: Finally we broke the elusive 400 mark ---GO CHIVO--- and all of the sudden the 450 goal is within reach. In other news Barbarita took some time to search for the elusive Bahamian- Marine-Anole. The last report of the marine anole is from the turn of the century, at that time it was observed in the vicinity of Snake Cay.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Day 33: Barbarita had a taste of Malta, one if not the most popular drink of the Caribbean Islands. Surprisingly, according to her, “malta smell likes dog’s can food” needless to say she only took two sips and gave-up on her original plan of drinking local beverage. In other news Chivo broke the record for most videos taken during a 2.5 hours period, he loves to work at Barge.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Day 27 & 28, It is great to be back, although the lousy weather continues. According to Chivo, over the last 10 days at least one storm had chased them out of the water. Nevertheless no storm is powerful enough to keep Nicole, Alejandro and Chivo from collecting behavioral data. As of today, we have collected over 300 observations of A. sagrei and close to 50 of L. carinatus. As a side note, Nicole has mastered the the video-microphone technique surpassing Chivo's ability.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Day 25: Got some videos in today before the daily storm. Also took some temperatures of lizards around the apartment to test the accuracy of the lizard models. Not bad. The highlight of the day though was our acquisition of 3 snappers from a kind fellow at Snake Cay. Alex adeptly filleted them and cooked them to perfection. Wonderful.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Day 20: We made it to Buddy and Barge today!!! These are two cays that we've been having trouble getting to. It seemed like every time the tides were high enough to get there, storms would roll in. In our exuberance, we swam in a nice little cove after our day of work. And Nicole also claims she saw two camels ... but she says they didn't have humps or long necks & they were small (maybe dog-sized?). Too much sun if you ask me.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Day 19: We are made of paper. We don't like the rain because it makes us wet paper -- and then we can tear easily and anything written on us will smear. Today was, as far as I'm concerned, spectacular. Got some morning and evening boating in, ate a pizza, shopped. Tomorrow is Labor Day. To celebrate we will work ...
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Days 15 & 16: The last two days have been much better than expected. We managed to get out on the water for ~1.5 hours yesterday and ~4.5 hours today. That equals ~50 videos, which equals excitement for the Chipojo Lab. Supposedly this storm system is moving out of here, so things are beginning to look up. Alex's hands still look gross, and Nicole filmed anoles copulating this evening. Can't get any better than that.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Here is what you need to do: Tell [Nicole] to find two medium-sized rocks, get a string and tie them together (leave some string between them); and hang them from one of the trees, outside.We thought this method worked twice during the day [and drove to the boat twice], but were disappointed repeatedly. To pass the time, Alex made a "delicious" macaroni casserole & Nicole bounced around in a strange way to Primus. What keeps us sane is knowing that tomorrow is another day.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Day 12: After what seemed like a promising start to our day, a large storm moved lightning fast over Snake Cay -- as the rain beat down, Nicole whispered Hail Marys and Alex & Dave thought about how they would never take each other for granted ever again. Ultimately, our decision-making abilities and Alex's boating skills were tested, but we passed with flying colors and earned ourselves gigantic hamburgers. Now it's time to transcribe some videos and cheer for King James as the Cavs try to stave off elimination!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Day 9: Nicole Dautel, joins the Chipojo Team. Nicole is supported by an NSF REU and will be collecting behavioral and ecological data for both A. sagrei and L. carinatus. Both Dave (better known as “Chivo”, due to his Cuban heritage, and/or "El Che" like chiva) and Alejandro are becoming quite the experts on A. sagrei and L. carinatus signaling displays. Their project on thermal biology of A. sagrei is getting off the ground. In other news, they are quite the experts at maneuvering the boat under low tide conditions. El Jefe is passing the baton to Chivo, as the official blogger.