The Bug Geek

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Big critter!

Our team drove about 100 km west and then east of Yellowknife today, looking for (and eventually finding) suitable sampling sites. 

Big Red and the gang, contemplating the site.

On our way out of town this morning, we saw THIS:


We screeched to a halt and turned Big Red around in hopes of getting a closer look.  I honestly expected him to turn tail and flee into the trees, but he didn’t so much as glance our way (not even after we rolled down our windows and yelled “HEY BISON, OVER HERE!!!”).  It was like watching an extremely large and shaggy groundhog complacently chomping away at the side of an urban road:

I guess when you weigh many hundreds of pounds, a couple of puny southerners isn’t a major concern. We did another U-turn (we had science to do, after all), and then noticed this sign, directly across from where the bison was grazing:

Ironic sign.

Bison country indeed.

The weather was glorious today, which meant two things: the bugs were out in full force, and the bugs were out in full force.  This was both a good thing (when we were snagging nice butterflies and dragonflies and beetles) and not such a good thing (when the black flies and mosquito swarms found us) (although my biting-fly-researching-colleauge may not agree with my assessment of the latter being not-to-good).

See?  Look: beautiful.

2 responses to “Big critter!

  1. Morgan Jackson June 13, 2011 at 12:31 AM

    It’s not easy being green (with jealousy)… Awesome way to start a field season!

    • TGIQ June 13, 2011 at 12:02 PM

      Yep, it was pretty awesome. Yesterday we ran into more…we parked our car to sample in a burn site and found one on either side of us, about 50 m away. We crossed the road to the woods and then found ourselves working next to another three, less than 50 m away. Kind of scary, but pretty cool. They weren’t too bothered by us, and stayed a respectable distance away, while we did the same…

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