Trip Synopsis :
The Vicki Penziner-Matson Fund supported this years’ (2014) Spring Break, natural history field expedition to the central peninsula of Florida. Wendy Tori, Jose I. Pareja, John Iverson, Bill Buskirk, and Yoni Glogower led the trip. We visited a number of the hangouts John frequented when he was a graduate student at the University of Florida. John’s knowledge and enthusiasm was great! Wendy and Bill made the birding experience surreal... and Jose and Yoni made driving around Florida enjoyable!
Below is a quick summary in the form of numbers for our trip, following that we share a brief account of our adventure.
1: A special number for many of us because there were many firsts for a lot of us
3: The number of vans we used
4: The number of cooking groups in our trip
6: The number of states we crossed
7: The number of states participants come from and the number of turtle species we captured
8: The number of backgrounds Freshman, Sophomore, Juniors and Seniors, Professors, Emeriti Faculty, Librarians, and Alumni
9: The number of different countries participants came from and the number of days we traveled
10.5: The number of hours some people napped on our way down to Florida
21: The number of new people each one of us got to know better
22: The number of people that formed our group
27: The number of meals we had together
32: The number of minutes that it took us to pack things away upon our return to EC
77: The number of turtles captured (a total of seven species)
103: The number of bird species we collectively saw and documented
- (Wendy Tori, Jose I. Pareja, Bill Buskirk, John Iverson, and Yoni Glogower)
A more detailed account of the experience can be found here.