“It’s 2:30am again!” That is a frequent saying of mine the past four weeks, usually followed by a thought of, “I should have went to bed earlier.” 2:30am, that’s the time my work begins in the day. I am the current moth intern here at UGA Costa Rica and every morning I wake up at 2:30am to venture out around the campus to check two light traps for moths! Hundreds of beautiful moths filling the light walls and my mission is to take a photo of every one of them.
Rain, Sweat, and Strong Coffee: A Day in the Life of a UGACR Resident Naturalist
My day begins around 5 am, when I hear monkeys above my cabin. They’re strictly diurnal, so that sound means the sun is up. I pull on my clothes, rain boots, and grab a flashlight and camera. I may be gone for the whole day, so it’s good to be prepared for anything.