Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Be A Scientist, Study Exotic Species, Don't Go Anywhere

I find something enchanting about this local nature project: 2014 Dora Kelley Nature Park Frog Watchers Brave Roller Coaster Season. The story goes on to explain that a group of nearby residents monitored the movement of a number of frogs during their breeding period:

A dedicated team of neighbors who live near the Dora Kelley Nature Park in Alexandria withstood the erratic weather for more than three weeks, from February 27 to March 23, to track the movement of frogs to the park’s marsh area where they breed in the late winter. This was the second year for the patrol in which individuals note the movements of frogs (primarily Northern Spring Peepers (Pseudacris crucifer) and Wood Frogs (Lithobates sylvaticus). These frogs winter in the adjacent woods and make the annual trek to the marsh where they likely were born. We then share the information with Mark Kelly and Jane Yeingst at Buddie Ford Nature Center for their frog database.

It just fits with my whole Live Your Best Life philosophy (which is Rule #16, for those keeping track). You could say, "Dang, I can't be a field biologist in the Galapagos, so I give up!" Or, you can do science right here in your back yard. And you can contribute your knowledge to others, which snowballs into something larger.

Find what you love, and do some version of it. No excuses.

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