Heather Bateman


Non Forest Service

Dr. Heather Bateman on a bike by the water

My favorite science experience has always been working with wildlife. I enjoyed placing leg bands on long-eared owls in the United States Great Basin. I also enjoyed tagging lava lizards on the Galapagos Islands. I enjoy watching wildlife, especially on the rare occasions where you see them before they know you are there. For example, this summer I saw a bobcat kitten with its mother near a stream in Nevada.

One day, I spent over 12 hours measuring and weighing hundreds of toadlets, or small toads. They had been laid as eggs in pools of water in a riparian (ri pair e an) forest after a spring flood. A riparian forest is a forest located next to a body of water. Later, the frogs underwent metamorphosis, developing from tadpoles to toadlets. They fell into traps that we used to count and release them. The toadlets were about the size of my thumbnail.

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