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!


At March 24, 2010 at 10:35 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Ms. Dalton's D.I. Class:Dianco says that you check the traps twice daily to make sure the voles/small mammals don't drown in the traps due to the wetness of the weather. Also, to make sure that the small mammals don't freeze to death because of the cold weather. Lafabian says that checking the traps twice a day will make sure the small mammal is safe from predators.

At March 24, 2010 at 10:38 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taylor, from Ms. Dalton's D.I.Class, says that you need to make sure the animal is safe...just like Lafabian's earlier answer. Patriciea says that you need to check the traps twice daily to make sure that the small mammal isn't in danger from larger mammals. Also, the mammal shouldn't get wet! Jawuan says that you need to check the traps twice daily because the small mammals need to get back to their homes in the forests. They shouldn't live in traps.

At March 24, 2010 at 11:06 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms.Dosmann, we haven't seen your blog today. We have been trying to blog you. Why isn't your blog up today? Ms.Hanes wanted us to blog you today. Could you blog us so we can blog you back today. We love you everyday. We will always write you now on we will write you more on the subjuct you give us.

We blog you so much because we want to leran more about Nova Sotia even voles and mammals everyday.

Journey,Elizabeth xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo.

At March 24, 2010 at 1:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms.Dosmann,You need to check the trap twice so you want catch the same one. You are trying to catc a different animal.
How lond does it take to have A baby? What is the temp in Nova Scotia?Did you see A hare today? The antlers are for protection.Did you over sleep last night?

At March 24, 2010 at 1:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Ms.Dosmann
I think it is necessary to check the traps twice because you might have the same animal. you might not have the right food. maybe if Josphina is in the trap another animal is in their with Josphina, he might eat her.
What is the temp. in Nova Scotia?
The male deer has antlers for protection.Payton

At March 24, 2010 at 1:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi MS. Dosmann, I think its nesasary to check the crap 2 times becuse you do not want the same one. How long dose it take for vole to have a baby? what temp Nova scotia? I know why do deer have anlters? why dose a deer have to have grow its anlters? ZORA

At March 24, 2010 at 1:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Ms. Dosmann, because there might be another animal eatch time they chek it. How long does it take to have A baby? The antlers on the deer is for Protection.

At March 26, 2010 at 1:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms.Dosmann I'm glad your coming home Monday.Did you find a fox bone.I saw the pictures.


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