Well, the fire still burns, but we are busy with our fieldwork and the team is gaining momentum. Two teams today split up and one fluxed and one fertilized. It was a busy, successful day. We had hoped to get to Fort McMurray by now, but access is still restricted and so we continue to focus on our NSF project.
By my count, we have collectively seen at least 4 bears – one of which came walking by our front door and explored the yard. That is a seriously respectable number for our short stint up here thus far. We’ve seen a host of fox, several coyote, tons of deer – some of which have decided to race our trucks and then cut us off – some of which are in our front yard. We’ve seen so many birds of all kinds, and squirrels and we’re pretty sure there is a wolf skeleton at one of our sites. We are teaming with all kinds of wildlife and I hope to see more.
I’m at the end of my first trip up here for the summer, but really it is just the start for us all. The crew is great - Tough and Smart and Funny and hard working and they still seem to all be enjoying themselves, so that is a good start.
Cheers to a great summer!