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South Africa in the News

I forgot to mention in the last post that I saw some of the aftermath of a nationwide municipal workers strike in South Africa.Unknowingly, we went to Middleburg the day after the strike and noticed the whole city was dirty, with trash cans dumped over and things like that. Everything, ...

2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back

Today was a really bad day for monkey watching. The monkeys moved into what I will now call the crappy donga. The donga where the Blesbok groups ranges is split by the road. On one side there is a decent visibility and maneuverability throughout the donga, but on the other ...

Pooductivity

Brandi is letting me stay on poop duty until I get tired of it. Brandi, Liz, and Ruby are all working together on focal sampling. As it turns out, 2 people is really not enough to keep track of an individual, especially since we are still slow with identifications. I ...

Follows

Today we started collecting focal samples. We are doing 30 minute follows of a single individual with continual recording of behaviors. Brandi and I had the first watch, and we were able to follow two individuals for just under 30 minutes a piece. Nobody has ever done focal samples for ...

Chores

Today is our second day off, crazy, I know. The Europeans are not familiar with taking two days off from the field, but they are also not familiar with working in the afternoon. We took today off to go into town and get some much needed groceries. We spent the ...

Day Off

We found out this morning that last night's dinner did not sit well with Brandi, so we got the day off. While I am a little disappointed because we were just getting our groove, the monkeys were being a pain in the butt yesterday. I spent most of the day ...

Ruby’s Birthday

Today is Ruby's 22nd birthday. And despite being encouraged to take the day off, she felt obligated to join us into the field. I am very tired, having stayed up late to bake the cake and all. Liz was out late too, although she was at the pub. Brandi is ...

Poo

If you are easily offended by feces jokes, do not read farther. In honor of our first day of poollection, the rest of this poost will be written in poophemisms. With Erica's help yesturday, we were crapfident enough to begin poollection. I learned turday that poollection is a fine art. The ...

Confirmations

This morning, Erica and Stephanie saw the monkeys as they were driving past the Blesbok homerange, so we did not have to do much searching for them. We spent the morning watching the monkeys, still trying to identify individuals. It is getting somewhat less difficult, but we are still having ...

No Monkeys, Day 5

We knew when we took yesterday off that we would be punished. We spent the greater part of the morning searching for the monkeys. No luck.

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August 2nd 2009
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South Africa in the News

I forgot to mention in the last post that I saw some of the aftermath of a nationwide municipal workers strike in South Africa.Unknowingly, we went to Middleburg the day after the strike and noticed the whole city was dirty, with trash cans dumped over and things like that. Everything, ...
August 2nd 2009
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No Monkeys, No Internet

Brandi spent most of last week recovering from tick bite fever. As it was described to me by Riccardo, Michele, Emilie, and Brandi, it is like a less severe version of the flu. Tick bite fever is caused by a bacteria and is treated with a round of general antibiotics. ...
July 25th 2009
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Best of the Last 10 Days

I have been a lazy blogger for the last ten days, so I thought I would leave you all with just the greatest. This, I imagine, will be preferable to the same old fieldwork stories. Ruby, who hates bugs, managed to get over two hundred pepper ticks (the ones that give ...
July 14th 2009
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Aftermath

After yesterdays frustrations we spent the morning redoing the description sheets for the monkeys. For the last week we had been noticing that the sheets provided us with a limited amount of useful information. They are often too vague, like noting that a monkey has pink around the eyes (duh, ...
July 13th 2009
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2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back

Today was a really bad day for monkey watching. The monkeys moved into what I will now call the crappy donga. The donga where the Blesbok groups ranges is split by the road. On one side there is a decent visibility and maneuverability throughout the donga, but on the other ...

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