Lady and Gentleman Farmer are so pleased to announce that our youngest daughter S. has successfully passed her thesis defense and will receive her Master of Science in Conservation Biology at upcoming graduation ceremony on Mother's Day!
S. has been studying bats for the past few years and effects of habitat change on them. The summer of her field study, she and a "helper" (that would be a fellow student, her father (if available) or me!) We would drive 1 1/2 hours up to specified old growth Forest Service land and set up her "bat monitoring devices" and take notes and measurements of surrounding tree types within a 50 ft. circumference. These monitors ($1000.00 each!) would need to be packed in. Many of the areas were quite steep and had many downed trees to navigate. No matter the weather, these needed to be set out or taken down and information recorded. (This old gal got a real work out, I'm telling ya, trying to keep up with a 20 something year old!)
(Bat monitor seen below, in protective tote. These record bat sounds.)
Below is some of the lovely scenery seen on an average work day. This was the view from her "office."
We will be traveling across the states to New York to watch her graduate.
I can't think of a better Mother's Day Present!
Below is a picture of our adventurous Biologist on a little climb to the Base Camp at Mt. Rainier.
This girl has had an exciting life! She has worked in Alaska's Denali National Park (trapping voles ~the Grizzly bear's main food scorce), two summers in Montana's Glacier National Park (studying Grizzly Bears) and then to tamer critters ~ bats ~ here in her home state of Washington.
What's next for this daring damsel? What else ~ two weeks after graduation, she is off to Cameroon, Africa for a study for her Ph.D.!
(Pray for me, won't you? All you mothers out there will understand!)
"A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel....The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction."
Psalm 1: 5 & 7