The team collects samples of insects by using leaf blowers set to reverse to vacuum the ground, sucking up the insects in a particular plot. However, this also sucks up sticks, leaves, and dirt, so processing the samples means that the SIFTers had to go through the piles of stuff collected by the vacuum to find all of the insects in the sample, no matter how small (and some of them are very, very small).
|A SIFTer begins to sort through dried grasses to look for any insects|
|TERFer Sarah Monsey (left) helps oversee and mentor the SIFTers on their work. Since she's been with the glade team for a few weeks, she's now a pro!|
|Who says looking through dirt for bugs can't be fun?|