Today’s my last day in the office prior to departure — trying to remember everything we’ll need from here! We’ll be on our way soon!
Six members of our seven-person team are one week from departure. We still have bags to pack, decisions to make (do I need another shirt?), plans to make (what should we see first?). But, we’re also preparing for the work we’ll be doing when we get there: making observations of flowers, looking for pollinators, as well as making non-destructive measurements of the nectar content and quality of the flowers. For example, today we went out to the Morton Arboretum, which is only about ten minutes from our campus, and found crabapple trees in bloom.
Everyone got to work the the tools we’ll be bringing with us (as simple as capillary tubes, and as complex as a refractometer)
There were lots of bees on this tree, and a sugar concentration above 30% (the max one can find is only about 45%) helped explain why, even though each flower only had a few…
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