Friday, August 20, 2010

On the South Fork with Greg

Another damselfly resident of the watershed - the american 
rubyspot (Hetaerina americana).  The red patches on the base of its
wing identifies it as a male.  He was checking us out from the
water willow lining the bank. 
Wednesday morning I had an opportunity to join Greg
Lipps on the South Fork to test a newpiece of equipment.
I have had the pleasure of assisting Greg with research
projects in the watershed over thepast five years focusing
on everything from spotted salamanders to hellbenders.
Along with Ralph Pfingsten, Greg is the foremost expert on
salamanders in Ohio and is an encyclopedia of information
on amphibian habitat and conservation. In this shot Greg
is testing a new underwater video camera designed to fit
into tight places like underneath large rocks in the creek. 
Can't wait to get my hands on one of these! Although
it was difficult to see on the camera's smallscreen, we did 
capture some interesting critters hinding under the rocks -
video coming soon!  Thanks to Barbara Rogers for allowing us
access the creek via her property.

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