Hello CEDaR Labbers, loyal blog followers (there must be a few of you out there), friends, and family!
Today marked our third field day in Kananaskis, AB. This week we’ve seen a lot of what fall in Alberta has to offer, from blue to snowy skies, and quite a few trees in between. We arrived on Saturday, and after setting up our campsite took a bit of time to tour around.
Best intentions aside, we did not get to work on Sunday as planned due to a large amount of rain and snow that fell overnight onto our tents and, possibly more pressing, onto our research sites. A tricky thing about working in the mountains this time of year is that when it rains in the valley it often means snow is falling at higher elevations. After escaping from our snowy cocoons, we drove to Canmore in search of public buildings with heat to share.
Much to our delight, the past three days have been remarkably beautiful and we’ve gotten lots of our work done. During this trip we’re resurveying existing seed addition plots, collecting soil samples, measuring soil temperatures, and making a genuine effort to better learn and inventory the very diverse plant life growing at our field sites.
Over the next few days were are finishing up our work here, and heading to Kootenay National Park and then on to Jasper.
Wishing you blue sky days!
Emma and Beth