David Luneau, Rick Knight
Field work discussion at Lock #3.
NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
23 Jan 2002
LouisianaSt. Tammany County
- Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge
- 30.5475 -89.793889
- SONY TCD-D8
DPA 4060 omni mics. Lectrosonics 195 Series Wideband UHF Diversity Wireless System.
Log of DAT #: 7
Engineer: Flawn Williams
Date: January 23, 2002
Wednesday wireless 3 of 3
At Locks 3&4
David Luneau and Rick Knight searching in Bogue Chitto
Split track DPAs
lock number 3, 11:13am. Twin DPA wirelesses. Heading into lock number 3.
group listens to brown-headed nuthatch. Birds twittering and some conversation about hearing the nuthatch in Little Rock etc.
clanging metal of the lock. Some wind in the microphones.
footsteps crossing the lock.
some feet walking through water, others on the lock. Talking.
Let's get out there and see. I don't see any tall trees that way. That way there might be some.
I don't see anything over those pines but it might be hard to tell what's beyond them.
walking through water
more walking, occasional snippets of conversation. Some walking through water.
What's it look like?
There's some taller trees out that way and some taller trees out that way. That way I don't see anything but low. Towards the east there may be something. Feel like trying it? I think the water's not too deep here.
sloshing through water.
I see dry land ahead.
more sloshing through water
starting to come out of the water, Chris and DL make small talk. RK arrives. No small trees in the area. Decide to go further and see if they can find a good spot.
walking, some splashing through shallow water and on to drier land.
stop, try to figure out whether to go further.
pressing on, walking on dry land. Pausing to listen to birds.
cell phone rings!
discussion about the NPR cell phone.
okay, we've reached running water and we're turning back.
That was a lesson in frustration, or something else to mark off the list. Not a good habitat. We definitely won't be back here. I guess we got enough time we could stop in at Lock 1 and see what's there. We may not have to walk in very far to see it.
resume walking. (good water walking starts at 37:30)
So it's just a guess and you go in and you take a look and that's all there is to it?
Yeah, we know that Bogue Chitto is almost totally forested. But we weren't sure on the perimeter here what you could get to by walking in. And now we know that at least at the two locks we've been to so far you can't get much good forest at all by walking in. We intend to start at the north end and float down through some of the major waterways. Wonder what he found. (49:07)
Sure is. Our first alligator.
What is it?
49:30 DL and RK
a little alligator in the water.
Yeah. He's obviously stuck here in the lock.
He's obviously stuck here in the lock.
Can't go upriver.
No. He'll have to hopefully pass through whenever they bring a boat through the lock.
Or turn around.
I mean he's stuck on both ends.
Oh, it's stuck on both ends.
So they'll have to open the locks.
Or you can just jump in there and grab him.
Not a lot to eat there, is there.
No, but luckily for him he doesn't eat all that much all that often anyway.
Especially in colder times, his metabolism slows down. There's a dead fish right in front of him.
crossing the lock. Lot's of metal clanging.
getting back into the truck.
Okay, We've moved on to lock number 1. It's about 12:37pm. This is still split-track wireless.
DL discusses his feeling that canoeing in this portion of the WMA would be a waste of time. They rate the locks and decide that nothing really looks good for canoeing into. But they decide to have a look near lock 1.
loud rushing water. Metal clanging¿crossing the lock--heard under roar of the water.
They notice a private property sign. Contemplate the possibility that it's all private property in this area. Fences and sign postings let them know that it's private property here. Decide to look around but can't go out because it's private property. "Doesn't look like very good habitat anyway."
back across the lock. More running water of the lock, crossing back over. Rick shoots video footage of Chris and Flawn. Plane flying overhead. Group gets back at the trucks. Wraps it up.