Field Frame Friday: Bonus Barn Cats!

One of the cool things about visiting Dairy Farms is all the extra critters that live there!  The Tucker Lab, including ABGG students Blair Downey, Alycia Drenwenkce, & Isabelle McDonald, recently visited a Modesto Dairy farm with faculty Dr. Cassandra Tucker. In between working with the cows, we were able to visit with 6 newborn…

Field Frame Friday: Toothy and goofy!

Ruminant animals, like cows, don’t have upper incisors like many other animals, and instead have what is called a dental pad. This pad helps the cows to pinch the grass from the ground. The combination of the dental pad and tongue makes a very efficient system for grazing.  Eubanks, D. L. (2012). Dental Considerations in Cows and…

Field Notes: Diary from a First Field Season

Hi there! Jessica here. I’m starting this diary to log the tribulations and triumphs of my PhD research on shorebirds in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. Always exciting, grueling, and full of surprises, field season is my favorite part of the year . . . however, the first field season of a new project can be…