We surveyed lizards in the pinon-juniper rainfall manipulation plots to investigate whether altered rainfall has an influence on lizard abundance.
We conducted visual encounter surveys within Dr. Pockman’s rainfall manipulation plots. This method involved walking through the plots and scanning the ground for lizards. We used a pair of binoculars to observe lizards at a distance and for species identification. We then marked a GPS waypoint for each lizard observed and recorded the animals behavior. For each survey we recorded time and distance walked during each plot we surveyed.