Blood, Sweat, and Tears

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It's taken about about a week, 24 rolls of aluminum flashing, 80 rods of electrical conduit, and about a million zip-ties, but we are almost done building the outdoor enclosures that Chris will be using to conduct experiments on the effects of fire ants on lizard survival this summer and next.  I wouldn't say it was fun, but I suppose it could have been worse.  And fortunately, we didn't have any major accidents involving heavy machinery, etc.

CAM_0529.JPGI've assembled a short compilation video showing our progress (below).  What you can't see in the video is that it was close to 100 degrees outside and we were all pretty miserable.  Or maybe it was just me.

(Thanks to Tracy for recording all the videos!)

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Glad to see that Chris is not wearing his Birks while using that wicked machine. Nice hat, tho.

Although I'm a bit sad to not be in Alabama right now, the weather forecasts and this video combined remind me that you really work hard for your praline pie doing field work in AL! Have you removed the fire ants from enclosures yet?

We've done several rounds of removing the ants - we started before building the enclosures. I think Chris plans to do another round tomorrow before hopefully putting the lizards in on Wednesday (?). Boiling water seems to do the trick.

I'll bet your putting those fences around the very best salamander habitat ...

I see Travis is getting a lot of work done since he's been away from Skipper's Smoke house.

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