Not much to say. Winter is winter. The weather has had us subdued AND delighted. Some cold stuff and some warmer days.
(020-4-04), Anoles were seen basking on campus. This is the case on many of the warmer winter days.
(02-13-04), I hear Upland Chorus Frogs calling on campus. This is a trend that will continue for the rest of the month on the warmer days.
(02-19-04), A warm day! Fine for shorts and t-shirt. I find a Chorus frog and some egg masses in Newberry county and catch a Comma Butterfly.
(02-21-04), I walked by the pond a bit. Tons of Eastern Painted Turtles were basking, various lizards were out, Upland Chorus Frogs were calling, and under some debris I even found a baby Eastern Narrowmouth Toad.
(02-24-04), I trade vehicles. No more blue Dodge truck. I now drive a Jeep Cherokee. Now I have room for the whole family and my gear does not have to get wet when it rains.
(02-26-04), It is cold and snow begins to fall early in the morning. By evening we have about 8-9 inches of snow in my yard.
(02-27&28-04), I leave the frozen upstate and travel away from the snow/ice to Ridgeland, SC (Jasper County) to attend a PARC (PARC is Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation) meeting being held there. About 90 people attended, the meetings/sessions were good, the socializing was good, and it was great to see everyone. I left the meeting, business to see about at home, and returned to the snow and ice of the upstate.
I now look forward to the wonders that spring holds. I hope for warm sunny days, so I can prowl the state in search of herptiles, beetles, and dragonflies. I have several solid goals for 2004:
- Loose weight.
- Get back into the swing of writing my weekly reports (on time)
- Catch a snake (any species) in Edgefield, Barnwell, Lee, Dillon, and Darlington Counties.
- Ramble the lowcountry to look for Rainbow Snakes, Southern Hognose Snakes, and rare Tiger Beetles (Cicindela hirticollis, C. striga, and C. togata).
- Ramble the mountains to look for Timber Rattlesnakes, Eastern Milk Snakes and rare Tiger Beetles (C. patruela, C. purpurea, and C. splendida).
Of course I will take about any chance I can get to look around anywhere I can. I may manage to score a few new county records, maybe do a little study project with treefrogs, and would like to start saving a few herps in formalin/alcohol from time to time (hate to waste a good road-kill).
Still so much to be done.