|A Kinetic Sculpture and Its Creator|
|Chris, Shelby, Ella, and me (right bottom) at the Siletz river|
On Tuesday Ella and I were able to go to the Siletz river and collect freshwater snails with two other interns, Chris and Shelby, and one of their mentors, Kym Jacobson. It was very exciting to be able to get out in the field! The beautiful river and sunshine made this a wonder day. After we collected the snails, we took the big ones back to the lab and put them each in their own Petri dish with water and a chunk of lettuce. The next day, after they had settled for a little while, we took each dish and looked at it under a dissecting scope to see if any parasites that had been on the snail had come out. If we found any parasites in the dish, then we would write down what we saw so Kym would know what to look for when she used these samples to show parasites to students in Corvallis.
Lately, I have been able to enjoy the natural beauty of Newport by walking down to the beach after work. These walks make me appreciate how lucky I am to be living here on the Hatfield campus this summer where we are only a little over a mile away from the beach! Such a beautiful summer experience and it is sadly more than half way over.