What a day.
Attempted to get out the door early, get a jump start on the two and one half hour drive up to the Erie site, only to be faced with multiple delays. All in the collecting party were grumpy by the time we reached the sites.
Once in the field, the day quickly revealed its theme. It was not going to be a day of simply doing some hand collecting, demonstrating set up of malaise traps and pitfall trap sample recovery as was planned. No, the day turned into Erie Apocolypse, Redux. As in, all sixty pitfall traps that had been carefully and time consumingly placed by a large team of help a couple of weeks ago had been disrupted in some way. Evidence pointed both to wild animal and human interference. So the day was spent mostly helping to reset these traps.
It was a chilly day and the dew point was reached well before sundown. I hope our efforts do not go unrewarded with this weather, I hope at least a few bugs are caught for our trouble.