That's right! We had heard rumors of some recent cougar sightings at Jasper Ridge, so we decided to go out looking for them. Two weeks ago our students set up eight camera traps to get a better idea of what might be lurking in the oak woodlands we hike through each week. On Tuesday, we went back to recover the camera traps to see what we found. Scroll down to see some of our favorites!
Elisa showing off her camera. Low to the ground to catch anything walking by.
Marco putting in the memory card and turning on his camera.
Downloading the photos onto the computer.....the suspense is killing me!
A male wild turkey strutting his stuff
A grey fox peeking around a tree which fell down the night before.
A female mule deer enjoying the lush spring grass. And now for the coup de grace!
A bobcat on the prowl! And checkout the time in the bottom-right corner. It shows up just a minute later at a different camera in the next photo!
Say cheese! Thanks for making it through all the way to the end!
"Hello my name is Guadalupe Garcia. I am a junior at Menlo Atherton High School. I participated in the MERO program last year and had a wonderful experience as I had the opportunity to see the animals very close in their natural habitat. I learned many things about the ecosystem and the animals in this program. It is worth mentioning that while I was learning something new I also had a lot of fun. Tyler and Ahzha are amazing people* because they speak two languages and it is easy to communicate with the other participants of the program and help us inside and outside the program. This year I am the student coordinator of the program and I like it a lot because I can help others and give ideas for the activities of the program. I also like to be in this program because it will help me to be an ecologist."
* We promise we didn't tell her to say this! That's just how nice she is.
Welcome to La Mera Ciencia, the official blog of Menlo-Atherton Ecology Research Outdoors (MERO). Founded in 2017, MERO is a free, after-school environmental education program for high school English Language Learners that gets students outside doing ecology. Mero (or mera for feminine words like ciencia) is Spanish for "legit" or "the real thing", which is exactly the kind of science we do in the MERO program!