Salmonsdam is a small-ish sized reserve, only like ~850 hectares. It is almost completely surrounded by farmland. There is at least one troop of baboons here, possibly two. I would guess their range is mostly restricted to the reserve, aside from some mountain connectivity to the east.
|Hey, thanks Google Earth!|
|Nick, dutifully manning the meter tape.|
|"Garmin, Garmin, in my hand: Give me waypoints for this land!"|
|Overlooking one of the ravines in Salmonsdam Nature Reserve|
|"Leopard's Cave".... Let's hope we don't make any new friends here!|
|Seedlings germinating out of baboon poop.|
|Nick and Grant talking fynbos|
|A really furry protea|
|Trying to figure out where the Garmin thinks we should go|
|Writing down info|
|The baboons, chilling. Like they do sometimes.|
|These guys weren't terribly pleased with our proximity (around 100-150 meters away).|
This has been a very different "field" experience for us both. Setting up a field site (picking a location, meeting with all the people you have to meet, getting all the permissions, finding a place to live, setting up logistics, etc) is VERY time consuming. Previously, we've both worked at established field locations so you can more or less just drop yourself into the fold and start taking data. While we've been working like crazy here and we've been doing all the things we need to be doing, we won't be walking away with a lot of data- mostly just stuff to help make our grant applications strong, which is the main goal of pilot research, after all.