Webage editor's note: Extensive efforts by dedicated volunteers are ongoing to collect and document rain data at the Poppy Reserve and Ripley Desert Woodland. Find out all about this effort by reading the latest Report From the Field.
An excerpt is below.
Read the entire report:
Download September 2020 Report from the FieldTo the left are some photos from the September report
REPORT FROM THE FIELD
Marsha Neill, Bob Waidner & Patty Waidner
Although I have already acknowledged the efforts of my fellow research volunteers Marsha Neill and Bob and Patty Waidner in the most recent PR/MDIA Newsletter, I want to also give credit here to my fellow volunteers for their contributions in preparing this posting. With the COVID-19 “stay at home” orders, I have not been able to visit the Poppy Reserve so the more local volunteers have collected all the data reported on in this posting and that data collecting is not an easy job. Although some of our data recorders have sufficient memory to continue recording data for a year or more before the memory files are filled, others only have the memory capacity to record data for a maximum of seven days requiring someone to actually visit these recorders once a week to manually record the collected data and re-set the memory. For over a year now, Bob and Patty have conscientiously performed this task. While Bob and Patty primarily focus their efforts on the rain gauge and temperature recorder installed at Ripley, Marsha focuses her efforts on the rain gauges scattered across the Poppy Reserve. That is no easy task because it requires her to visit the Reserve a few days following each rainstorm, no matter how much rain has fallen, and hiking to each rain gauge location to record the collected rainfall amount and emptying the gauges so they are ready for whenever the next rainstorm arrives. For this posting, my efforts were limited to analyzing the collected data and preparing this posting.