October 12, 2012 Keep Your Eyes OPEN… “Hey Where is Waldo?”
Keep Your Eyes OPEN… “Hey Where is Waldo?”
Yeah, keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel Yeah, we're goin' to the Roadhouse We're gonna have a real Good time Thanks Doors for this great tune
The day was full by lunch time! I spent the day with Dr. Diego Dierick who is a Post Doctoral Student, who works with Dr. Oberbauer from Florida International University in Miami.
All day Diego said “Keep Your Eyes Open!”
This is not only to see all of the great things around but also to see the danger…potential danger.
We started out in the morning by him telling me to “Look Up.” ….so I did, to see a cluster of hawks, mostly Broad Wing and a few others. Apparently it is hawk migration time. They fly around a little and then they start to fly super high. They gain altitude and then take off, in this case to Argentina!
From that point the day continued we saw Leaf Cutter Ants, they might be one of my favorite creatures! As ants do, they work together for a common goal. They make a clean path, cut leaves, carry it to their “den” where the leaves will grow a fungus that sustains them.
We saw agoutis, spider monkey, skink like lizards, heard howler monkeys, saw at least 15 various birds that I have never seen before, a black and white vulture, tarpon, poison dart frogs, plus a frog we didn’t know, a Bufo marinis toad, Basilisk Lizard, bullet ants and my mind gets blurred at thought of what I have not mentioned and what I missed when I wasn’t paying full attention. I usually try to really write down all of those from the Animalia Kingdom that I have not seen before, but that would have taken too much time. Its really quite a system overload. …in a good way! Most things were very camouflaged you really had to keep your eyes open and moving.
The peccary were crunching so loud on these seeds that it sound like large plastic eggs were being cracked, when we looked up in the palms we noticed that the spider monkeys were actually dropping the seeds for them.
As a toddler tadpole, the Strawberry Poison Dart frog gets carted up to a bromeliad plant that has a little pool of water. It is fed unfertilized Strawberry Poison Dart from eggs for nutrition.
I spent a lot of time learning from Diego about his project. The coolest thing about his project is that he uses dendrometers to measure the tree girth growth, just like we have in our Mangrove Park. Dr. Oberbauer and Dr. Paulo Olivas helped myself and a team of students put them on our trees.
Last but not least we went to “tower # 3” which is 40m’s high. Diego collected data which he does weekly while I snapped photos and basked in the sun like a lizard. It was so beautiful at the top. Diego collects data once a week. Lucky!
My last stop just after lunch was chasing a “Jesus Christ Lizard” that I happened to see running high and proud as they do. And that was my day…/morning!
Bird of the Day Green Honey Creeper Miclero verde