#DispatchesDNLee #TZ2019Latest update May 30, 2019 Started on May 15, 2019
Returning to Morogoro, Tanzania, I'll be focusing on identifying burrows, censusing residents and monitoring their entry and exits and hopefully figure out if Southern giant Pouched rats move between underground nests.
Countdown T-minus 7 days until Tanzania
I've been putting things in trunks. I feel confident I can do it all with 4 checked bags; but I'm worried about weights. I've got everything. Well, nearly. I'll pick up some finished traps from my collaborator over the weekend and pack those. Then, I'll complete my Bag Inventory lists so that I've accounted for everything I'm taking with me.
I also started my ant-malarial prophylaxis tonight. That's required one week before arrival. I should have some very interesting dreams.
But as of right now, my only dreams are of the postcards I'll send to you from Tanzania. Whenever I travel I always send postcards to anyone anywhere. So, be sure to complete my Postcard Request form. https://forms.gle/VbyuKW7wx8LJonT98
I've started to pull things I need, think I might need and might want to use.
I have several piles of items at home and in my lab at the university.
My personal piles include field clothes, footwear, day wear clothes, clothes to get repaired, clothes to share/give away, gifts, medicines/hygiene items
My professional piles include tech and electronics, field gear, Rambler stools (new) papers - so many papers!
I like to survey everything, check the condition, consider the purpose, how I might pack it - whether it stays in TZ or will return with me, then start the lists.
I inventory everything (gear wise) that I take, then start the packing and weighing bags/trunks.
I am returning to Morogoro, in search of the underground lair of African giant pouched rats of Tanzania - Cricetomys ansorgei - the Southern giant pouched rat.
Previous trips I captured and observed pouched rats and later focused on tracking pouched rats to their burrow.
This time I'll be focusing on their burrow use.
I aim to:
1) Identify burrows and sketch out entrances and exits to underground nests
2) Census residents and monitoring their entry and exits;
3) Figure out if Southern giant Pouched rats move between underground nests; and
4) Gain understanding into how African giant pouched rats use their homes, interact with their environments and each other.
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