We are now back in Nola and having a great time. On Friday we went out to the field again to gather more data and we saw a group of very young alligators (at least 5) and one older alligator. At first we thought that it might be the mom but we found that it was probably too little to be the mom. Most likely it was just a young teenager. When alligators are young they will still hang out together sometimes for protection. We also saw this turtle on the side of the road, it was pretty big but we didn't know what kind of turtle it was. Can you guys figure it out?
That afternoon it started to rain and it rained right through until Saturday afternoon. In fact there was a tornado in LA that day. This didn't allow us to got out and get new data but what we spend the day doing was taking care of the caterpillar that we already gathered as well as put all the data into the computer. My job was mainly being the computer person and entering all the data. It might not be an exciting job but it is a very important job. This allows the scientists to actually start to make some interpretations from the data they gathered as well as organize it.
On Sunday we packed up and said goodbye to the swamp and headed back to New Orleans. We headed to Tulane University where the scientists are based to take our caterpillars back to the lab and take care of them one last time. Already a lot of them are starting to build their cocoons and then in a few days they will emerge as either moths or butterflies.
By the way I noticed that a lot of you thought that the track that I put up before was an alligator track, you need to guess again. It is not alligator...
While I have had a wonderful time here in Louisiana, I am glad to get back to Iowa and see you all again. See you Wednesday!