Today was the last day at the bunk house in Slidell, Louisiana. Tomorrow we return to New Orleans to study the caterpillars at the science lab at Tulane University. We cleaned up the bunk house from top to bottom, inside and out; it took awhile, but it is always important to make sure you are a good guest.
A special thank you to the Louisiana Wild Life Rangers (especially Mark) for letting us use their station during our scientific exploration!
When we arrived back in New Orleans, we immediately went to the science lab at Tulane to set up the caterpillars in their new home.
Also, Mark (our fearless Copperhead Snake Leader) managed to find two more caterpillars right in front of his house!
Both of these fuzzy, cute looking caterpillars are apparently poisonous.
Now, we will start logging, studying, and de-frassing the caterpillars we collected at the lab tomorrow, so stay tuned!
See you all soon!
Replying to Comments:
Nicole, I agree, caterpillars are awesome!
Victor, you are correct about the snake, good for you! We used the machete to cut down vines, tree limbs, and branches that were in our way. Oh, and the name of that caterpillar was "The Question Mark," because when it stays on the leaf, it takes the shape of a question mark!
Franklin, no I did NOT TOUCH THE WILD ALLIGATOR! =)
Darren, I didn't freak out when I saw El Guapo probably because I was far enough away, but I have to admit I was a bit scared. The first time I held a caterpillar I was a bit squeamish, but you get use to it. After awhile, it's just really cool!
Liana and Franklin, I'm glad you looked up the vocabulary words... the other's will have to do the same when I get back. So you two are ahead of the game!
Gaurav, The gray on top of the caterpillar are actually wasp eggs. When they hatch they will eat the caterpillar for food. I was very tired from all the kayaking, but my arms are o.k. It's good exercise. I didn't get to see El Guapo again, but I did see a lot of other smaller ones. One was even missing an arm. If you go to youtube you can see some of the alligators I saw, just type in Pearl River Alligator or Honey Island Swamp Alligator.
Jasmine and Ariel, I miss all of you too, but don't worry, I will see you soon!