Following on the heels of Marianne’s group, the second portion of this year’s field crew has made it to Bol’shie Koty. We had a long but uneventful journey to Irkutsk, where we ran some errands and then hopped on the hydrofoil to BK. We felt right at home once we recognized familiar faces among the hydrofoil crew.
Today we set out on a reconnaissance mission and sampling test run. Our broad goal for this season is to examine Baikal’s food web under varying temperature and nutrient conditions. First we hiked north of Bol’shie Koty to scout out potential beaches from which to sample. Then we headed back into town, donned our waders, and collected a few nearshore amphipods and scraped rocks for algae. Our USB microscopes proved tricky to use in the field due to strong glare and scampering critters, but we did manage to capture a few images.
Tomorrow the final member of our team will join us in Bol’shie Koty and the real whirlwind of sampling and experiments will begin!