another week, another visit to Glacier

I’ve been steadily finishing my work this week and I’m feeling very prepared and excited to come to Minneapolis next week. I was very happy to leave my power point and excel spreadsheets at home yesterday and join Rachel and her dad at Glacier for a couple new hikes. In the first photo you can see that Rachel joined a small herd of Big-horned sheep. We tried to scare them off but they wouldn’t budge, so they joined us for a good portion of our hike along the Highline Trail!!

Hello Everyone!

This week was the last week of feild work for me, which was a little bittersweet. I am happy that everything is coming together, but I’ll miss hanging out in our beautiful study sites. The photo of the van was from our last day of data collection, where we caught an impressive 48 bees in just one survery period!!

Other than rushing out to get our last bits of data, we jumped into the flathead a couple times, went to see Mama Mia 2, and celebrated my 21st birthday 🙂

sunsets and waterfalls

pic 1: the BEAUTIFUL sunset just down the street from campus at Ninepipe wildlife refuge. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better sunset!!!

pic 2: the team cooling off with the misty breeze from the water after a sweaty hike up to mission falls. It was so excited to finally hike some trails in the area, and was not disappointed!

A busy week of field work for the bee team! On Monday Sarah, Janene and I made some cute horse friends while looking for focal plants, and yesterday we got this killer view while doing one of our bee surveys.

I can’t help but fall in love with these lovely Montana mountains!!

meeting the bees

This week we visited all of our huckleberry sites and did some test runs of our bee surveying. We discovered that the little guys are a bit camera shy, but after trying lots of different methods our photo shoots are coming along! This is a photo of Sarah and I at one of our sites.  How lucky are we that we get to hang out in these beautiful fields of wildflowers all day??IMG_6019.JPG