We had to break out our neoprene waders this week for the first cold snap of the year! The picture doesn’t do it justice, since the sunshine gives a false indication of warmth. Meagan, Ryan, and I shivered our way through setting up 20 plots (out of 80!) for a new marsh experiment.
Thankfully all of the exertion of digging and sieving helped us warm up a bit. In the process of sieving lots of mud to remove any plant roots and rhizomes, we came across a few interesting items –
1. Many small crown conchs that apparently wanted to avoid the cold, and
2. A few large and interesting (but as yet unidentified) worms that we haven’t seen before. We’ll be out digging again tomorrow and will get a picture of them this time!
Our thoughts go out to everyone dealing with far more than just cold in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.