For a couple of years I’ve been using a modified tennis racket as one of my implements of aquatic life exploration. I cut the strings out and replaced them with a piece of window screening. I scoop up sediment and strain it, or sweep through submerged vegetation, or catch what is dislodged from rocks and debris in streams. It has always worked really well, but it’s a bit big and heavy to carry around along with my aerial net and camera. I thought I’d try something a little smaller and lighter.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
Once in a while I’ll see someone refer to “dragon flies” or a “dragon fly” which causes a brief piercing sensation in my head. Just kidding—it’s more of an open-handed thump to the back of the skull. Just kidding again! It really isn’t a big deal, but I thought I would explain the protocol regarding whether the fly part of the name is separate or not.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Thursday, March 1, 2012
With spring knocking at my door (well, maybe pulling up the driveway if not quite yet knocking at my door), I thought I’d do a little summary of the Pacific Northwest’s forktails (Ischnura). Most of our species appear relatively early in the year, so this is a good time to review them and make sure you’re familiar with the species around here.