This last month has been spent mostly doing data collection for different projects in the Bodie Hills. Bodie was a mining town in the 1880s, but is now a ghost town and state park. The land surrounding the park, however, is managed by the BLM. We’ve been spending a lot of time working on projects there while many 0ther BLM lands are too hot to work on. Recently, we’ve started working on riparian transects – collecting data about the contours of the streambed, how impacted it is, etc. It is not always easy to work along the streams, with the willows and the rosebushes, which sometimes make access both difficult and painful. I’ve found that my favorite part of doing these transects is the hunt to find the starting points that were established in the 80s. Its like hunting treasure – you have a map with the location of the old rebar that marks the end of each transect loosely sketched. From there you can infer were these rebar relative to the landmarks (which are mostly sagebrush bushes) of twenty-three years ago. The fun doesn’t always stop there though. Last week, we enjoyed several encounters with hornets/yellowjackets who decided in two different locations that they did not want us around their nests, and proceded to sting several members of our team, including getting me a couple of times. There was a lot of grabbing of the equipment, and running.