Every time we go out in the field to herp as a class, the species we find are added to an ongoing list. This list is our master list. We are responsible for those. We are required to learn the family, genus, species, and common name of those organisms we have found, and also be able to visually distinguish them. That might not sound too bad, right? Well, it's been one week and we have found almost 50 different herp species. Who knows how many we will have by the end of next week!
We also are responsible for knowing the information from lectures as well. Oh, and we have to memorize 15 distinct frog calls. And keep a field notebook every time we go out in the field. It tells what and how many we found, where we found it, when it was, who we were with, etc. And we have class discussions on scientific papers every other day of which we are supposed to read and participate in discussion. And, on top of all that, we have a class project!
It's safe to say that I'm pretty swamped.