I love my new job. I measure vegetation as part of the ongoing process with the Elk and Vegetation Management Plan (EVMP). Throughout the Park, there are randomly placed vegetation cages. The cages are cylindrical, made of chicken wire, and have a top to them so that it prevents browsing by critters. I measure vegetation outside the cage, where the elk and other animals have a chance to eat the grass, etc, then I measure inside the cage and compare.
I am also involved with monitoring raptors, checking on unique wildlife observations from visitors, and other things that crop up that are involved with wildlife.
Thanks to everyone (especially Phil!) for your patience as I’ve been trying to wrap up projects with my web design business, work my new job, finish my EMT class (ends May 8!), clean and package about a dozen eggs per day, and help prepare our house for installing a new beetle-kill pine floor.
Happy birthday, Phil!