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Do you have any advice for kids interested in doing fieldwork?

Living in a tent is something you need to get used to when you're doing fieldwork.

I really advise anyone interested in fieldwork to try it first to make sure that it's what you want to do. Often people have a romantic idea about it, but the truth is, it isn't very glamorous.

You travel long distances to go to fairly remote places where you live in a tent and spend many hours in the freezing cold or sweltering heat waiting for an animal to do something. Sometimes it's so cold that you can't even take a sponge bath—assuming, that is, that there is enough water for one.

Though a lot of people find the experience frightening, I have to admit I find it exciting. Fieldwork is a kind of detective work that requires lots of patience.