Telemetry equipment that we use. The antenna is the big metal stick with the handle (which often gets caught in tall weeds and in trees). The black case is the receiver, which is where we select the channel (11), control the gain, and change the pitch of the beeps with the tune knob.
Here is the sign that we are almost to the point where we turn on the receiver. At this fork, we take a left and go up the hill quite a ways until we reach the Cattails by the baseball wall, which is where we normally get our first signal. Often times, we have to go a bit further so that we can have a stronger signal to go off of.
Twice we have found Latisha in these tall weeds, which is rough because we have to go and worm our way through them. Mr. Crowley found her in there the first time he went out as well, and that adds up to three times she has been spotted there. There must be some good schools in this district.
The First Hunt
Adrienne and Griffin after the first successful find. It was, obviously, raining pretty heavily that day. My God it felt great to find her though (after a few unsuccessful journeys out).
Proof that we found her! She was hiding underneath a rock on short, four-foot, but steep, hill. Griffin found her because her camouflage duct tape isn't as much camouflage as the rest of her shell is, so she had her own distinct style.
This time, Latish hid herself a little better, because she was hiding underneath some tall weeds that were growing by the baseball wall. Again, Griffin spotted her because of her unique, and fashion forward style. It took like 5 minutes to find her this time (we were getting a bit experienced).
You will get these all over your body, unless you wear a jacket and bug spray and a hood and full pants and long sock and long underwear and if you douse yourself in smoke and you pray to the ancient mosquito gods that you would not get bitten. But if you don't do all of that, you gon get bit.
Great shot of Baby Griff putting the flag up on the most obvious find of Latisha yet. She was actually standing, with her head and legs out of her shell, in the middle of the Rainy Day valley, where the hill (and animal trail) is. She was out just during the day, which was strange to us.
Here she is, out and about, just wandering around. Being all cute and stuff. Again, Griffin Baumberger spotted her and her not so great camouflage.