August 2, 2011
Today we had another visit from our favorite animator Lisa Cheung. She showed us her progress on the animation and it was enchanting! Last week we gave her a list of native species to include in the project (sticky monkey flower, bush mallow, toyon, lemonade berry for starters) and she included her renditions in the updated animation. It really looks great. Lisa included three scenarios into her sketch: scenario 1- leaving the fennel monoculture as is, scenario 2- mowing the fennel down, and scenario 3- removing the fennel from the root. We hope this animation will help to explain to the public the importance of proper removal and why the Conservancy has taken the time to do such labor intensive work. Our next step is choosing the music and messages for the animation. We’ve thought up some great ideas for music, and Dan is working to edit those for Lisa.
As part of our interpretive trail project, I am attempting to map the trail and some of the invasive fennel monocultures surrounding the trail area. We secured some small GPS units from Ellen, and Dan and I walked the trail mapping control points and the route we took. Because this data may not upload into a usable map format, our data may have to be collected with a different type of instrument. Hopefully with the help of the GIS specialist from the Conservancy, Frank Starkey, we can map the trail and create a finished product. It would be really great if we could have a route map for hikers to use a reference, and a map to map our progress for future invasive plant removal.
Alex and Miller continued working on measuring the soil texture for our samples. Hopefully this analysis will be done in the next week and we can start to discuss the results.
Click here to check out some pictures: Day 52 Animated with Lisa