I went back to BC for reading week from Oct 11th to 20th. Aside from going out twice nature-watching and five times for food, I spent most of my time indoors working. Such is the life of a busy PhD student.
On the second day back, I went to Richmond's Sharing Farm for an hour or two with my mother. The sky was cloudy and cool temperature - typical Vancouver.
Before flying back to BC early tomorrow morning, I went to a free butterfly show at Carleton University this morning, an event I heard from my landlord last year and wanted to go ever since. The daily show begins at 9 o'clock, and when I got there after 9:30 today, there was already a long line with parents and kids (I was the only single adult waiting in line). About 30 minutes later, I was inside the greenhouse and enchanted by the diversity of butterflies.
I think none of the butterflies are native to Canada and are raised purely for shows like this.
I have been incredibly busy this school semester demonstrating labs for the ecology course, grading lab reports, as well as preparing for my PhD comprehensive examination. I tried to take some pictures whenever I am outside, otherwise I am indoors working away.
The ecology course consists of two field labs - first on the effects of abiotic factors in the stream on benthic macroinvertebrate biodiversity and second on tree diversity in different successional stages - both of which take place at Gatineau Park.
Last month (September 12th), the teaching assistants and lab demonstrator went out to familiarize ourselves with the study area.