Thailand Journal 2016-2017 by Beth

Today was the first official first day we have spent at the station (Khao Ban Dai) on the Huai Kha Khaeng River. We woke up to the unique and somewhat somber calls of the green peafowl in the forest as well as the smell of breakfast being cooked by the technicians and Dave. The most important thing to get done this morning was to break off into our hiking groups and get assigned our hike for camera trap setting. The hike would most likely take up a good portion of our day.

Thailand Journal 2016-2017 by Leah

Today we left the research station to start our camping adventure to do camera trapping. We packed all our belongings into the back of a huge truck. We left Khao Nung Rum in the trucks and transferred to the vans at Headquarters. We stopped into town to go to 7/11, of course, and get any snacks we would need for the next three days because we would be in the jungle without any access to the outside world. The van driver we had was apparently a local musician because when we stopped at a local market to eat lunch everyone knew him.

Thailand Journal 2016-2017 by Alexis

When we awoke, the humidity in the air felt lower than normal, the sky was clear, the sun was rising over the hills, and white-handed gibbons were heard calling to each other, making it one of the more beautiful mornings to wake up to on this trip. After a hot and filling breakfast, we went up to the classroom to learn more about conducting occupancy surveys, some people more eager than others.

Thailand Journal 2016-2017 by Ben

I woke up this morning with a big fat smile on my face. I was still recalling the very eventful evening that Jeff, Josh, and I had. After catching and photographing my first Thailand snake, a beautiful Painted Bronzeback (Dendrelaphis pictus), we sighted a large Indian civet, a sambar deer, another giant squirrel, and numerous skinks and geckos. After getting an early start and having some excited conversation about our successful night out, we gathered down for breakfast and then reconvened at the classroom, where Joob gave us an introduction on how to conduct an occupancy survey.

Thailand Journal 2016-2017 by Jessica

The day started bright and early. Since we had been going to bed around 9 or 10 pm I found it hard to sleep past 5 or 5:30 am. Waking up early was great though because I was able to listen to the jungle wake up too. It was so cool to be able to hear monkeys, birds, crickets, and other wildlife all from the comfort of my sleeping bag. After waking up, I stayed in bed until about 6:30 since breakfast wasn’t until 8 am and I didn’t want to wake anyone else up. Mornings were pretty simple for everyone and this morning was no different.

Thailand Journal 2016-2017 by Ka

After being woken by gibbons and birds, we explored our new home. Four rooms, a lime green chair holding a car battery for electricity in our living room, and two bathroom stalls equipped with a bucket of water and pail. Outside our cabin, we found the water tower and neighboring cabins. We headed down the hill for coffee and tea. After breakfast, we got ready for our first field session. When we arrived in the classroom, I was greeted by Pichi and she was holding a pair of white stockings.

Thailand Journal 2016-2017 by Mat

Today was a big day, marking the end of our acclimation period. It was the beginning of what we came all the way to Thailand for; field work in the jungle! But first we had to get there, and before that, one more delicious Thai breakfast at the bungalow. I know I’ll miss the banana custard with sticky rice. Once we’d gathered our scattered belongings we sorted ourselves into the vans, and we were off on the next leg of the adventure.

Thailand Journal 2016-2017 by Emma

We woke up to the New Year in our wonderful bungalow and ate breakfast on the veranda; some of the group was moving slowly after staying up to ring in 2017! But, with coffee and sweet treats we were ready for our day at the beach. First stop was to see local fishermen bringing in the daily catch. There was a lot of excitement as it was the first time for Beth and Jennifer to see the ocean! It was fun for a lot of us to experience their excitement and see the ocean through new eyes.

Thailand Journal 2016-2017 by Jennifer

In the morning, we performed our last duties in our barge crew groups and prepared to leave the barge. We would be heading to our next destination which was the private bungalow in Thap Sakae, where we would stay for a couple of nights. Before officially leaving the barge program we went to visit a Chinese temple just off the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Pa, one of the barge staff who was leading us, told us the legend behind the temple. The story of the temple was that a Thai prince and a Chinese princess were in love and were going to meet at a nearby palace.

Thailand Journal 2016-2017 by LaRyssa

We were told we had to wake up at 6:30 this morning but because most of us went to bed before 9 PM, we were all up way before that. This morning I tried the instant coffee; surprisingly, it was a lot better than what I had expected. With a little cocoa, it made a nice mocha. My barge crew (Maggie, Jeff, and Ben) had the job of navigation. As navigation you sit up on top of the wheelhouse and observe the river around us and record it in a book with drawings and poems from past navigation crews. The river had changed a lot since we left Bangkok.