For my first field visit (commonly referred to as a ‘hitch’), I headed out to Bighorn Canyon recreation area for a week.
While in Bighorn Canyon, we surveyed various areas for target vegetation species. During the week I learned how to identify various types of bushes and grasses such as big sagebrush and bluebunch wheatgrass.
We also saw a ton of wildlife! Driving into Bighorn Canyon we saw wild horses grazing. One night at our camp we found a tiny rattlesnake hidden in the grass. On a hike towards one of our study plots we saw a group of bighorn sheep on a ridge right near us!
I have already learned so much from everyone in our group and have enjoyed getting to spend time outdoors. Montana is breathtaking and unique. Next stop, Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone!