I’ve been meaning to write about this topic for a while—now xkcd has beaten me to it:
Oh, well. Since the comic doesn’t actually answer the question, I’m hoping you’re all still interested! (Also, at the end there will be a bonus discussion of ant rain. Yes, ant rain. You won’t find that on xkcd!)
This is my third field season. For all that I’ve been tweaking my techniques every year, it’s all starting to seem… familiar.
There’s that crazy tree… again.
The juncos don’t seem to be used to it yet, though.
ES-A does not find this at all familiar.
It’s all new to my new field assistants, too, not to mention all the new young lives starting at our field sites.