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Monthly Archives: May 2017


5/24 Trip to Los Padres

On Wednesday, 5/24, Kiana and I borrowed a van and took a couple of bikes to Los Padres to reach the Upper and Lower Red Rock Sites, since the road is currently flooded and inaccessible by car. We biked for…

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Week 8

This week I was partnered with Erika Faith and Amy Fang, with plants 407-418. About half of the plants were emerged, but most with only one or two stems, except for one plant that had 10. We didn’t see any…

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8th Week

As we near the end of the internship, the environment has changed quite drastically. What used to be glossy green has become a dry, golden, yellow. What has not changed is the the milkweeds my team observed this week. Of…

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Almost Our Last Week

This week the sun was shining all week long which made for great weather for data collection. Our group had some scheduling conflicts so Kirstin and Carolanne had to collect data on their own and separately. It wasn’t ideal but…

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Week 8

This week I was partnered with Emma Bridges and Sarah Grahn. The weather was nice out in the ditch. We had plants 247 to 271. Of the 25 plants that we had there were 20 plants that were alive. Most…

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Week 8

My group did plants 272-295. We went around 8 am on Saturday morning while the weather was still fair. We found quite a few umbels, but no eggs or caterpillars to be spotted. There wasn’t too many plants missing due to…

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Week 8

This week my group was in charge of plants 370-393 once again. We went down to the ditch early Saturday morning, but unfortunately we didn’t escape the heat. There were many plants that had grown back since the mowing. The…

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Week 7

My group went out data collecting around 12 this afternoon. It was very hot out but time went by relatively fast compared to previous weeks data collecting mostly because not many of our milkweeds were emerged or alive. Even though it…

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2nd Visit to SB County Milkweed Sites

On May 10, Carly and I went to the Los Padres Mountains for our second collection of the milkweed plants. This time we were able to find all the plants at Upper Oso, having a total of 16 plants. We…

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A Dry Day in the Ditch

Once again it is Friday! Today I ventured out into the field to check on how milkweed plants #345-369 were doing. I was surprised to discover that almost half of the plants still have not emerged, but luckily, I saw…

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