It is a truth universally acknowledged that a scientist with the good fortune to be doing fieldwork must be in want of a stick. Sticks are multifaceted, easy to use, functional tools that happen to be conveniently lying around on the ground (in most places). Yet, they come in as many shapes and sizes as there are stars in the sky. How ever is one to choose?
Thankfully, the folks in the Population Ecology & Evolutionary Genetics group at the University of Manitoba have given this question a lot of thought. Maybe too much thought. In any case, if you’re looking for the perfect stick to use when live-trapping squirrels with peanut butter bait*, they’ve got you covered with this handy guide.
* live trapping, and then releasing squirrels!