As our summer came to an end the other interns and PhD students had to leave. They were so much fun and I didn’t realize how much work they were doing until they were gone. When they left I have had the opportunity to learn about and help with some of the projects they were working on.
With everyone leaving we started to take on more responsibilities. We helped with the project Jack and Bella were working on. Jack was one of the PhD students that had to head back to school and Bella was an intern. They were looking at the coverage of macrophytes in the upper river. Kate has taken over most of the project and I usually help every other week. We follow a GPS to points and look at the amount of aquatic plants that are there. We also measure how tall they stand in the water. We test at Big Springs, North Fork Club, Buffalo, Last Chance and Flat Rock. At this point we have had a bit of snow twice. It was just a little but still cold enough to snow. We also saw a good sized bull moose cross the river. Sadly I didn’t have my phone on me but it was still worth the experience. Kate and I were also able to see kokanee salmon swimming upstream. I have never seen them before. They were a very bright red and fairly easy to spot. The fish and moose up there always make the work more entertaining.
I have also helped look at the amount of water being discharged from the Island Park Reservoir. We use a machine that Fremont-Madison Irrigation owns. It is called the ADCP or the Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler. It is able to look at the streamflow. I helped guide it across the river as Matt paddled our boat and Kate had the computer that was collecting the data. I have only helped with this once so far but I will be going out again soon. It was also great to go because we saw a fox, a moose, and her calf. I enjoyed helping with this and I now can understand part of what Christina and Ashly were doing all summer.
I still also fix fence to keep cattle out of the river. I have had to chase some back to the other side of the fence when they get to the river. It's pretty easy and I am also able to see wildlife. I have seen a fox, a big bull moose, and we can’t forget the cows. I was able to catch all of them in pictures.