Today we packed our ice drill and water quality testing equipment into our backpacks so that we could take water quality measurements as we traveled. We stopped over the deepest part of the lake and drilled through 8 inches of ice. Then we lowered our dissolved oxygen probe through the hole and recorded the temperature and dissolved oxygen. We used another probe to measure conductivity.
Towards the end of our run we were cruising along the shore. All of the sudden two grouse erupted from the snow a few feet from us. During the winter grouse often burrow under the snow to find shelter and warmth, but if you pass close to them, they fly from their hiding place, which always makes by heart jump.
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