Be careful out there…

This Memorial to Fallen Naturalists is a powerful reminder that field biology can be dangerous, especially in the places where so many of us work.  What do you do to make sure you, your students, field assistants, and other team members are safe in the field? Mandatory training in wilderness first aid? Make sure no one leaves camp without a map, whistle, and old-school compass? Pre-trip safety orientations? Require them to work in teams of three*? Send them out with an epipen, because you never know who will will go into anaphylactic shock? A guarantee they will get reimbursed for late-night taxi rides so they don’t have to walk home, no matter what they were up to?

 

That’s what I thought.

Fer-de-lance, Bothrops asper (photo by Brian Gratwicke)

Fer-de-lance, Bothrops asper (photo by Brian Gratwicke)

 

 

*something I was taught as a Boy Scout: if you are in three and someone gets hurt, one person can stay with the victim and one can go for help.