As I probably already said, lots of pavement in Austin (oh, ya think?) but it's fun to play in town and point and laugh at hipsters occasionally when I have like 5 bucks to spare, which doesn't happen much these days. I have only splurged on vegan eats like 3 times because this place sucks your (seasonal field biologist with currently insane medical bills) wallet so dry. Yeeouch.
(Look guys, look! Something so exciting is over there! And over there too! Brandon, Johnny Nutcase and Taniya become thrilled by the outdoor world) Our crew is still better than your crew and I'm so thankful for that because it really blows when you have to live and work with assholes. Not the case this year, huge relief. As you can see, we get along swimmingly. As you can also see..there is a fake rhino and a wooden cutout of Peter Rabbit. These are at one of our field sites. Confusing, isn't it? Oh yes, it is. (Below: I really really love feeding flowers to plastic rhinos; the other photo speaks for itself)
At the basketball court here (we live in an actual apartment with a gym and a court - that's insane) there was a nesting Barn Swallow just outside the door that got herself stuck so we made it a group effort and came in like crazy gang of bird nerds and set up the mist net. (exhibit A below). Took an hour-ish but we managed to get her out of there safely. Nice. Nicely done, my friends. That's all I've got for now. My back is still f--ked up and it's kind of bringing my down big time. There's a high possibility of me snapping in some way, so for whomever is around for that, I apologize in advance.