The visit to Fond du Lac’s Resource Management Office from Monday to Wednesday was extraordinary. We went stream fish electroshocking!!! It was hard work specially cause we used wetsuits. Fell like 10 times, got my feet stuck between rocks and got stuck again in mud hahaha. They also introduced us to the Air Quality Staff. It is amazing the amount a job they do with so little personnel. Everybody is wonderful, responsible and organized. Can’t wait to go again.
This week we had more practice soldering the pressure transducers which we deployed at Lake Ogechie, Twin Lakes and Big Rice Lake. The experience at the electronics lab with our mentor Patrick was different but also was exciting and great way to learn more about the fast growing field of electronics and technology. The pressure transducers you see here were developed here at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
We also had the chance to present our research project at the One Water summit at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory. The summit included a focus on water and several other programs that the University offers to students.
This week was pretty eventful! Over last weekend I made a quick trip to Oklahoma to surprise my family for our tribe’s Family Reunion Festival and powwow. I got to go through the newly renovated Cultural Heritage Center, and visit my family’s allotment for the first time. (The owner had the fluffiest dog!!!) I was really excited to go to the Heritage Center and see a whole exhibit devoted to wild rice (or menomen in Potawatomi)! The diorama looks suspiciously like where we did field work last week 🙂
Zhaazhaa, Kim and I also did some Fourth of July celebrating near the Stone Arch bridge (over the Mississippi River). There was a great band, singing songs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, so there was plenty of singing along and dancing before the fireworks were set off at 10.
This coming week hopefully has some more local adventures to be had. So far, I’ve found a great little used bookstore to stock up on books, and a new coffee shop to enjoy said books, but I think we are all going to make a little more of our time here and explore the city. I will be working on processing our sediment and water samples from our field work and get some preliminary results! Anyway, have a good week everyone!
My team and I collected berries and caught bees like usual this week, but we also had the opportunity to attend a powwow. It was awesome to experience more of the culture in the area. Between running a stream table, buying jewelry, drinking huckleberry lemonade, and eating Indian tacos, we all had a great time. To go along with our eventful week, we also took some time to tan at Flathead Lake.
If you’re going to catch bees, sometimes you have to get your hands a little dirty. There was an incident this week where a bee that I caught took a little longer to wake up than the others. I was afraid that I was responsible for our first bee fatality. Fortunately, this little girl woke up eventually! We named her Meadow and brought her back to where we found her. My hands are still clean of bee blood.