Greetings to everyone from Taylor Wilderness Research Station!
We enjoyed a busy summer with interns, research students and classes, but Taylor is still busy after the start of the school year! The cool, sunny days are a great time for research teams to make short visits and a perfect time for us to catch up on facility projects before winter.
The Idaho State University Stream Ecology center sent three researchers to Taylor in late October. M.S student Chris Tennant, undergraduate Tess Gardner (2011 DeVlieg Undergraduate Scholar) and assistant Matt Schenk (2010 DeVlieg Undergraduate Scholar) spent a week collecting stream data from our local tributaries. We also hosted a small team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Quantitative Consultants, Inc. (QCI), which visited in late October to complete some electrical maintenance on the stream antennas.
Technicians from Idaho Fish and Game pulled the screw trap for the season on November 7. The trap captured 38,614 fish during its 168 days of operation this year. 2011 is the fifth year of this collaborative project between Taylor Wilderness Research Station and Idaho Fish and Game.
We benefited from the help of several volunteers this fall. College of Natural Resources Range Club members Larry Hendren, Josh Corbett, Suzanne Johnston and Conner White volunteered their time and labor at Taylor in late September to help re-stain the DeVlieg Cabin and pitch in with other small tasks around the property. We’ve also been very fortunate to have Landon Moore, our 2010 assistant manager, volunteering at Taylor throughout the season and into the winter. Many thanks to all our volunteers for their invaluable help!
In addition to the above-mentioned tasks, we also had a few other projects we hurried to complete before snowfall. We re-chinked the interior of the Taylor Cabin in mid-November, greatly reducing heat loss in the one cabin consistently used throughout the winter. We also completed construction of two new wood-burning stoves at Taylor, one in the Taylor Cabin and one in Arlow’s Cabin. Constructed primarily from local rock and clay, the new mass heaters have worked very well since their installations, resulting in greatly reduced firewood consumption.
Altogether, it was a wonderful season. The fall colors were some of the best we’ve seen, and we were able to catch up on many station projects too time-consuming for the busy summer months. With everything complete, we’re ready for winter!
Amie-June Brumble and Tyler Morrison
Taylor Wilderness Research Station Managers
January 31, 2012