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Baby camels!

Posted by , on 25 April 2012

Now the real adventures begin. We arrived at the field station on Sunday and met with The Fixer on Monday afternoon to discuss arranging a driver for the next week ...

A horse is a horse of course of course...

Posted by , on 24 April 2012

Unless it’s a Przewalski’s horse! Oh where to even start! The embryo collections came to completion on Wednesday, and now we are on to Phase II. We returned to Urumqi ...

Hazards of Field Work

Posted by , on 16 April 2012

Let’s start off this list with Pee. In. My. Face. The Chinese collector folks brought a big cage with a *ridiculous* number of 5-toed jerboas this morning. They are apparently ...

The perils of language

Posted by , on 15 April 2012

Anyone who has known me for awhile probably knows that I really really despise carrots. Yes, I know. I am a freak. No one hates carrots. In my whole life ...

Let's do the time warp...

Posted by , on 13 April 2012

I don’t even know where the last 72 hours went. Well, in fact I do. And it wasn’t spent sleeping. Since I now have 2 groups of people collecting for ...

Recent comments by Kim Cooper

Also, J Gross is coming for EB/AAA - will you be here too?
by Kim Cooper in On how odd critters can answer important questions on March 29, 2013
Of course I had all of the appropriate transport paperwork allowing me to do that... I was marveling on the Red Line to Kendall yesterday how strange it's going to be to live in a city where it's not completely normal for other random passengers to be discussing their IRBs.
by Kim Cooper in On how odd critters can answer important questions on March 29, 2013
Actually, lunch yesterday was fried chicken dusted with black sesame seeds. Probably extra yummy since it was super fresh!
by Kim Cooper in Of course there are chickens… on April 28, 2012
I guess by "little vegetation", I meant little green vegetation is out yet which I'm using as one of the indicators of seasonal timing. But these guys can survive quite well just on last year's seeds and dried plants that haven't woken up yet. So I've asked them to move around to places that are more true desert with bare sand. The topology around here changes rapidly from farmland to flat scrub brush to more bare dunes, so the animals out in the bare dunes are likely to be the ones who aren't getting quite as much food. Maybe. Good suggestion about looking at the stomach contents. By "well fed", I mean how full is the whole digestive tract. Since I'm opening them up to get the embryos, that's what I've been comparing between the locations. Also the thickness of the tail is an indicator of health. But in terms of *what* they're eating, there is a lab here working on intestinal flora, so they're getting the internal organs after I take the embryos. Hopefully they'll be able to answer that question for me.
by Kim Cooper in Let the collections commence! on April 7, 2012
Jon, you're funny. I'm finding myself adding what I eat just for you. Thanks for posting comments. It's nice to have company way out here.
by Kim Cooper in Wildlife abounds, but jerboas? on March 30, 2012