Hi! My name is Ms. Dosmann. Please travel with me to Nova Scotia to study Climate Change and Mammals.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Day 10 - A Rainy Day at Cook's Lake!
Hello from a windy, wet and cold Cook's Lake Research Site! It rained the whole day and was very cold. I was very glad that I spent a small fortune on rain gear before I left. I wore my rain coat, my rain pants and even borrowed some rain boots. Luckily, the only parts of my body that got really cold were my hands. Ms. Suzanne's gloves got so wet, she could wring them out! Dr. Christina forgot to put on rain pants and was soaked to the bone in her jeans.
Despite the rain, we had traps to check. Why do you think it's necessary to check the traps two times each day no matter the weather? So, we walked through the forest on the soggy ground. Here is a video to show you what it was like:
Well, it wasn't the jumping mouse I was hoping for, but we did catch another red-backed vole! This was an important catch because she was a pregnant vole. Dr. Christina could tell because the vole had a round tummy and she had teats to feed her babies. We didn't get to weigh her because the bag had too much water on it, so we couldn't get a good measurement. Dr. Christina used scissors to give her a clip mark. If she is caught again, the clip mark will tell us that she is a recapture. We tried to hurry because the rain was getting in her eyes and she was getting wet. So, we took this mama vole back to her habitat and let her go.
Next, we did four deer dropping quadrats. That means we looked for deer droppings in four 10 by 10 meter squares. Ms. Suzanne was very observant and noticed something moving at her feet. It was a tiny common shrew. A shrew is like a small mouse with a pointy nose. Look one up, if you want.
Can you guess what we did next? Probably not... It was so cold and rainy and we were so wet that Dr. Christina said we should drive to town and warm up with some hot soup and a cup of hot chocolate. It was wonderful! We went to Tim Horton's coffee shop and got lunch. When we got there, we all went in the bathroom and used hand dryers to dry our clothes and warm our hands. After warming up, we had to go back to the site and check the traps before dark. We didn't catch any more small mammals.
The yucky part is that tomorrow is supposed to be even colder! Wish me luck and hope that we stay warm. No one ever said that being a scientist was going to be easy!