Friday of my first week I got to head into the field with research scientist Emma Bialecki. We drove to a prairie in Cook County, IL. Emma and I would be monitoring subpopulations of Oenothera Perennis (small sundrop) that had been moniterd in the past. After tucking my pants into my socks, and my shirt into my pants, I was ready to face the ticks. We made our way to subpopulation #1. We searched and searched in the sunny, short grass prairie areas that Oenothera Perennis likes to grow in. Sadly, we found only one small cluster of the plant.