Today we set up OTCs (open top chambers) at Sagwon. Sagwon is about 1 1/2 hours north of Toolik. The drive to and from was beautiful and yielded views of caribou, muskox, and dall sheep. The dall sheep were too far away to photograph.
One of the muskox we saw today. Caribou on the way to Sagwon on the Dalton Highway.
Also, before all the snow hit, this part of the tundra was already greening up and beginning to bloom. With the snow melted, wildflowers could be seen.
The weather cooperated enough today that we were able to spend some time outside! We loaded up this morning to do berry counts on Mt. Slope, north of Toolik Field Station. We saw the camp fox on the way out (he was not feeling photogenic, however – I will get a picture another time!), and drove to the site. While the weather was cooperating, the bear population was not. They too, know where the berries are, and beat us there. So after a few photos, we went back to camp and left the bears to their meal.
The two bears who thwarted our berry counting plans. Photo...