Field Notes Friday 0002

Yep, I chose that ambitious number as a sign of my committment, and as encouragement to me and to you. (I’m referring to the number of zeroes, indicating room for 1000+ posts before I have to change my numbering system.) But I won’t just be Erin of the Thousand Days; you and I are getting something big going. When you post your field notes via whatever social media you choose, you’re encouraging others to be more cognizant of their surroundings, more scientific and considerate in their thought processes, more creative and more sharing. You’re helping change the world for the better. And hey, you’ve got a lot of Fridays coming up! You could choose any of them to do one little thing to make the world a better place. (Remember to use #fieldnotesfriday to more effectively share with others.)

Field Notes Friday 0002

My main lesson from this #FieldNotesFriday is that I do a good job capturing reminders of my myriad thoughts, but I need to finish the thought, or else my notes look like cryptic nonsense.

Now for the interpretation of my chicken scratch [and my additional translations of the seeming nonsense in square brackets]:

  • Date: 12-18-13
  • Number: Unknown + 12 [I lost count earlier this year, so restarted from “unknown”]
  • Location: Pioneer Prairie
  • 57 degrees
  • winds 4mph
  • humidity 60%
  • [Mostly] clear sky but high level fluffy cirrus
  • # vol[unteers] _________

What gives us the right? [to rescue/remove plants from a prairie] – Should have seen it since ’83, said [Dr.] Ken [Steigman]

I felt better as seeds popped off when I gathered [meaning I wasn’t removing ALL the seed]

Paper bag = good; DON’T USE PLASTIC BAG!

Near new hackberries, not with maroon curly [plant], dif[ferent] colorish, thick dewberry close [Wow, this makes no sense without explanation. I was searching for patterns in the vegetation to make my seed gathering easier and more efficient.]

Gathering is good work for learning [plant identification]

I want to create cans with labels of colorful spring photographs for storage of tinder… by species! [Will be] good for species ID and for teaching fire making. [Drawings of cans, labeled thusly] Cattail, Maximillian [sunflower], shredded cottonwood bark

? Why is so much Rattlesnake master lying flat? Trampled? By us? Chewed?

Echinaceae & r.s.m. [Rattlesnake master] seed heads look like sisters

Echinaceae liked this plant, which appears maroon [arrow to next page, where I have a sample of Little Blue Stem]

“Prairie Pirates!” [the volunteers (and I) really resonated with this term that was thrown out for our “motley crew”]

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4 thoughts on “Field Notes Friday 0002

  1. Oops; looks like I left out a bullet point about ‘anti-herbivory.’ A lot of the plants I saw were rough to the point of uncomfortable to touch, and I figured that also meant they’d be unpleasant to eat. And that, from an herbivore’s perspective, might detract from a plant’s appeal as a menu item.

  2. I have a photo of the Prairie Pirates who really rescue souls before their life source is covered in concrete. However if there was a crack in that concrete Standing Cypress would grow to spite it!

    • And Larry, your photos are always great. I still haven’t looked at the photos I took that day, but between the two of us I bet the event is well captured. And yes, these Pirates save souls… They’re more like Restoration Robin Hoods.

  3. Pingback: Field Notes Friday 0003 | the happy naturalist

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