This week was pretty typical, picked out a lot of bugs on Wednesday, went on Powerline on Thursday and Friday to pick up rat tunnels and do tree measurements.
Here's a photo of the dirt that gets collected by the Malaise traps. We have to filter the bugs from the dirt, but there was almost too much to deal with!
Here are lots of vials full of many many hundreds of bugs, hand collected. Nice!
The kipuka were gorgeous on Friday morning, but it's been pouring since we came down Friday afternoon. Go figure!
Last night we went to see Shakespeare in the Park, and they put on a great production of “Taming of the Shrew” in a 1950s style. The acting was really excellent and there were many clever Shakespearean innuendos, and I laughed a LOT! It’s really fun just hanging out and enjoying some of the local stuff, although it started pouring about 1/3 of the way through and kept up a steady downpour for the rest of the show. Since the show went on, rain or shine, we ended up freezing and soaking at the end. But it was worth it!!
Today I had the first day of my Scuba certification, which involved about 5 hours straight of instructional videos and quizzes and little demos. It was raining all day so we didn’t actually go in the water, but the guy who runs the certification program is GREAT! He lived in Californi and did a lot of diving in Monterey, and has been a PADI instructor for 27 years in Hawaii at this point and knows all about the currents, best places to go, etc… He’s also very safety conscious and helps rescue sea turtles that are caught in fishing netting! So I have a good feeling about this process and I can’t wait to actually get in the water!
Tonight we’re going to see “Angels and Demons” at the dollar theater – we meaning me, Tommy, and Tommy’s friend, since Jake has already seen it and doesn’t want to go again. Although he might change his mind since it’s only $1.25.