25 July 2011 - 5 Aug 2011
It was a hot two weeks. There was a lot of sunshine and plenty of heat especially in the end of July. Rain did fall this last week. It was a much needed shower as grasses were turning brown and trees were starting to dry up.
July ended on a pretty slow note. I didn’t get out of the office for much more than a couple minutes a day and that was just to stretch. Every day was spent writing my final report and preparing for the end of my term.
August started out fast. I got back into the field for the first time in over a week. On Monday zoo staff, americore workers, Iowa DNR employees and Iowa State researchers all took time off to help volunteer to search for prairie chicken broods. In all 20 people showed up to help with the search on what turned out to be a very hot day. There were 5 chickens found in all that day, which was a surprisingly high number for the amount of ground that we covered.
I also conducted another brood survey later in the week. This survey took place at sunrise on a dewy morning. I drove the roads around the leks and areas that I think would provide good brood cover in hopes of finding prairie chickens trying to dry their feathers.
During the brood surveys we saw lots of birds. Pheasant with chicks, bobwhite quail, eastern kingbirds, dicksiscels, a variety of sparrows, upland sandpipers, northern harriers, killdeer and of course some prairie chickens.
Thanks to everyone that came out and helped with the brood survey. You all helped a bunch to gather some really good data. I couldn’t have done it without you.