Field Frame Friday: Amazon Warriors… Assemble!

John Liu and Kirsten Sheehy brought their assembly A-game to the lab last week. These shelves are going to house the Laskowski Lab’s automated fish-tracking setup, which they will use to study the amazing Amazon molly’s (Poecilia formosa) behavior. They need to be strong enough to hold many gallons of water, but modular and flexible enough…

Field Frame Friday: Leafy Langurs

This fluffy, adorable leaf-eater is a dusky langur (Trachypithecus obscurus)! These primates live in Peninsular Malaysia, Myanmar and parts of Thailand. The white circles around the eyes and mouth bring attention to their faces, and give them their alternative common name of speckled leaf monkey. I stumbled across the male pictured above while he was…

Field Frame Friday: To eat or to save for later, the eternal question

A very familiar sight for us up here at Davis, I believe this here’s a Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger). These squirrels assess nut quality through handling and then make decisions on whether to cache the nut for later or eat it right away depending on its overall value. I also learned from an opening talk…

Field Frame Friday: Slug Appreciation Day ft. The Banana Slug

If you are at all familiar with hiking in the woods of central and northern California, you may have come across an octopus’s terrestrial mollusk relative, the California banana slug (Ariolimax californicus)! Banana slugs have a mucousy membrane covering their body that is essential for breathing, mating, and deterring predators. This golden, slimy, charismatic invertebrate…

Field Frame Friday: Sun’s Out Tongue’s Out

Did you know that dairy calves perform a wide variety of oral behaviors? In this photo, you can see the calf beginning to stick her tongue out, right before she performs a tongue flicking behavior. These behaviors have been previously associated with coping with stress and can indicate frustration! Current work in the dairy industry seeks to…

Field Frame Friday: Dreamin of Field Work

The past year’s global pandemic has changed research timelines for us all. But it hasn’t stopped researchers from getting ready for upcoming field seasons! These bright, shiny new audio moths sit around dreaming of the day they’ll be deployed in the Peruvian Amazon and finally get to capture the songs of titi monkeys. Until then,…

Field Frame Friday: Come on kiddo, momma needs a snack!

Most seal species have enough stored energy to be able to fast during nursing periods, staying out of the water for up to 6 weeks without food. Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) moms, on the other hand, will take their pups on foraging trips while the pups are still nursing- sometimes even hours after birth! [Photo…

Field Frame Friday: Squirrels vs. snakes

California ground squirrels (Otospermophilus beecheyi) have an immunity to rattlesnake venom which they slowly develop as they become adults. Thus, adult California ground squirrels will fight off snakes to protect their pups from harm. However, when highly stressed, that immunity is lowered making them more susceptible to rattlesnake bites. [Photo and caption by Chelsea Ortiz] Holding, M….

Field Frame Friday: A backpack-ed birdie.

A white-crowned sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) with his spiffy new GPS backpack! These tiny backpacks weigh only 1 gram and take GPS points as the bird goes about its day. We can learn about a bird’s territory at a precise level of detail that we’ve never had before! After 6 days wearing the backpack, we catch…