Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Photo of the day: Capture, identify, and release

Is that a checkerspot or an arctic fritillary? Careful, it's very delicate, ease it into the viewing jar! You can tell by the looks of concentration that Heather McPherson and Chris Evans, Citizen Scientist volunteers at Mount Rainier National Park, take their job seriously. They repeated this careful procedure of capture, transfer, identification and release about two dozen times over the course of about three hours of surveying a kilometer-long transect north of Berkeley Park along the Wonderland Trail.

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