Wrapping up my time in the Arctic
Today is my last full day at Toolik. Byron, Hannah and Sarah completed day 2 of the bacterial lakes survey, bringing our sampling total up to 115 samples collected during my time at Toolik! I stayed behind and helped filter for different water chemistry tests when they came back to camp at lunch and in the afternoon. I also attended a Talking Shop talk (a regular Tuesday evening Toolik event) where two filmmakers from the BBC who are up here filming some footage for a future show about Alaska discussed their experiences in wildlife film making. It was quite interesting, and we should all keep our eyes out for a BBC series that will air sometime in 2015- there will be lots of cute arctic ground squirrel pups potentially shown!
It's hard to believe that tomorrow morning we'll be heading back down the Dalton to Fairbanks. I will have a day in Fairbanks, and then my husband will be joining me for some travel and exploration of some of the coastal regions of Alaska. I will post more updates as I am able as well as try to wrap up this experience overall and bring it home to why it matters to each one of us.
No new species sightings today.