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Big Thicket National Preserve and the Big Thicket Association Science Café program series continues in November with a presentation from Rice University researcher Dr. Scott Solomon on Thursday, November 19th at 6 pm at the Logon Café, Beaumont.
As a co-investigator who collects for numerous Big Thicket National Preserve primary investigators, I often scoop, net, and trap additional species other than my target. Yesterday morning I was checking a crayfish trap and found it full of other water animalia, one of which was a very long, eel-like creature. After removing the 5 catfish, 1 small perch and 2 crayfish, I attempted to remove the curious creature with a leather glove (I use a leather glove to remove catfish from traps because of their nasty spikes hidden in their fins). If you have ever had a cow or bison try to lick your face or hand you will understand the slime this thing produced. It slimed my glove so thoroughly I couldn't get a firm grasp on the slippery, foot-long, writhing creature. I finally had to remove my protective, leather glove and held my breath, hoped for the best and grabbed near its head to pull it through the very small opening of the crayfish trap.
Scott Solomon, Ph.D., Rice University, brought his biology class to Big Thicket for the purpose of conducting a short and intense inventory of the Turkey Creek Unit. This is the second year Solomon has conducted a biology class bio-blitz and findings are being posted on iNaturalist.org.