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“Mesh Traps”

Episode number: Season one, episode two

Air date: June 15, 2013

“Mesh Traps” is the second episode of the TV series The League of the Green Hornet and first broadcast on June 15, 2013. The series started its production on June 14, 2013. After week of careful planning and scheduling, it was finally the day to ut in action the soil re-colonization project. List of supplies and specific plans were made in order for filming to happen. On June 14, the team finally started shooting under the supervision of Dr. Brett McMillan.

 

MEMO0007A total of 48 mesh traps were buried 3 inches in the soil in 6 different sites. There are two locations per site, one near the path and one away from the path.  The near the path and away from the path mesh traps are filled with topsoil. Every sample has its own control mesh trap filled with regular soil. The purpose of the Soil re-colonization experiment is to determine the rate of re-colonization of invertebrates near the path and away from the path in order to verify if the path serves as a barrier for soil invertebrates.  We hypothesize that the samples near the trail will have slower rate of re-colonization due to the disturbance of the path used by humans and horses.  An early harvest will be collected in 5 days (Wed. 19 ) to determine the rate of re-colonization.  A late harvest will be collected in 11 days (Mon. 24).

MEMO0015Detectives Mary Chow, Xi Huang, Shirley Mancia, and Dr. Brett McMillian had a very efficientday placing 48 traps in 5 hours.  Thanks to Mary’s muscle power with the apparatus, Xi’s courage to go through the vegetation, Shirley’s speed filling the traps, and Dr. McMillian’s broad knowledge of vegetation. After completing 4 sites, we took a lunch break and on Shirley’s way to the van she saw an eastern smooth earthsnake.  It was not terrifying but surprising as it slithered back in to the tall grass. After completing the sixth site we felt very satisfied and accomplished after a long morning in the field.

 

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