Yesterday while we were in the field monitoring the lizards, there was this amazing rainbow that circled the sun!!! This was something I had never seen before. The desert is so gorgeous!
So the last few days have fallen into a nice routine. We get up before 6 to have breakfast and get ready (pack snacks and multiple water bottles). We drive to the field site, which takes almost thirty minutes because we have to drive around the ridge even though the site is about a mile hike. Once all of the patches of shade are in the enclosures, about 7:30, we start monitoring the locations of each of the lizards in their enclosures by marking down the X and Y. Some of the lizards are very active, trying to find the body temperature that they are looking for and other are much more stationary.
It will be interesting to see if these patterns are noticeable in the other sets of lizards (we currently have 3 groups of 9 that are implanted with temperature sensors.
I am excited to see how the rest of the summer goes and might get to Santa Fe this weekend on a day trip!