The MMMILC Project

Monthly Archives: June 2016


My first week with MMMILC

This Tuesday was my first week with the MMMILC group;I didn’t get certified just yet, so a lot of my job today was monitoring the students and analyzing what they were doing, to learn along the way until I get…

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Mutations? In my milkweed? Its more likely than you would think.

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Final data collection, 6/7/2016

Our final venture into the ditch we met this little fella. A few of the milkweeds seemed to have a kind of dark, splotchy disease. The infected plants had very thin stems. A few other milkweeds were yellowing. Other than…

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Week 10

On an already quite warm Sunday morning, Scott, Emily, and I took data for our milkweed plants, 326 through 357. All of the grass surrounding the ditch is dying, and the sound of cicadas and crickets signals the beginning of…

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Week 10

This week I went sampling with Racha Elsbach and Morgan Mooney-McCarthy. We went on the morning of Sunday, June 5th at 10:30 in the morning. Morgan and Racha were the primary samplers and I was the blogger. We sampled plant…

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Week 10

This week I wasn’t supposed to be the blogger, but since I had baseball in yuba city both days Alyssa was nice enough to switch with me. Emma and Alyssa went out to the ditch around eleven oclock on Sunday…

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A mockingbird just ate a monarch in my backyard.

Just saw a mockingbird eat a fifth instar monarch caterpillar off an Asclepias speciosa in my backyard. The bird spent some time handling the caterpillar, then flew off with it. It was pretty cool. Louie

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5/1 and 5/29 Visits

We have managed to collect data from Opper Oso, Lower Red Rock, and Upper Red Rock consistently for the entire quarter! Here are some highlights from the last two trips. At lower Red Rock during the 5/1 trip we found…

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Weeks 7-9 Recap

“To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to do.” -Kahlil Gibran I was in the field on my other project for a few weeks, so this…

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