Thursday, July 24, 2008

Camp day 4

Today we drove up the slopes of Mount Hood to the Wildwood Recreation Area along the Salmon River. It took a little while to find the place, but once we were there, we were impressed with what the area had to offer.

We sent up camp along the river, then fanned out to sample terrestrial arthropods in the forest and capture some fish in the stream.

The campers shook small trees to collect arthropods on a sheet laid below. We collected spiders of many shapes and colors, geometrid moth larva, and long-legged true bugs.

At the river, we caught large sculpins that attacked the smaller fish.

After a while, they settled down and coexisted peacefully until they were released.

We tallied our species and returned to Portland. One more day to go, I can't wait until I can once again work at my own pace at home.

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