The excitement level is rising, frantic packing for both personal and scientific gear is underway. Everyone is very busy. While New England has gone into full on spring mode, with color and warmth everywhere, we are headed south to study krill in the southern ocean. Just in time to catch another very late autumn. Leaving the tulips behind, we revert to fewer daylight hours, as little as 4 hours of daylight when we hit our research area, the Western Antarctic Peninsula. The goal of our project is to see how krill, the small crustaceans that hold a pivotal role in the Antarctic food web, survive in different seasons, including late fall/winter. We want to determine how active they are, where krill swarms reside, whether and how much they move, both vertically and horizontally, and how much and what they feed on. It is a big project and we have assembled a large team of collaborators. We’ll be sharing our experience through daily blog entries. Until we leave however, there will be frantic decision making. Did I ship the right caps for the sampling tubes? Should I bring a picture of a tulip?