Next to the analysis of the data, we have started a new experiment. To see whether dung has an effect on the nest temperature, we have created artificial nests with plastic cups. We've placed these cups in the soil. We've placed dung around some nests and nothing around others. In this way we exclude all other factors such as vegetation. To measure temperature, we've placed the temperature loggers in these cups for three days, as we did in Korgalzhyn. We'll see how it goes!
|Johannes and Thijs are analysing the data. Johannes is very pleased with the results!|
|We've collected fresh horse dung from the local riding school. As it was fresh, we had to dry it.|
|The roof of the university building is suitable for experiments. Here we have put trays of soil with the artificial nest cups in it.|
|An this is how the artificial nest cups with dung look like. The loggers are placed in the middle of the cup.|