Day 11 - Two New Sightings!
Weather: Rainy, cloudy and chilly (between 30 and 40 degrees)
5th graders: I tried to use some similes and metaphors in my post today. How did I do?
Today was as exciting as winning a trip to the super bowl! We got out of the van at Cook's Lake and walked down the path to the research site. After all the rain yesterday, the path was a river! We walked mainly along the sides, but sometimes we had to walk right down the middle.
While we were walking along, I noticed something moving across the path. It was gray, had long legs, long ears and a bushy tail. It looked a lot like Lycos, only slimmer and gray. It was a coyote! When it heard us coming up the path, it jumped into the forest as quick as a fox. Only Ms. Suzanne and I were able to catch a glimpse of it from behind. Maybe it has been this coyote leaving all the scat on the path. I couldn't get my camera out in time to get a picture, so I googled one for you instead. This one looks a lot like the coyote I saw.
Next, we continued down the flooded path to the research site to check the traps. Ms. Suzanne found a trap that felt different. She saw a pink nose inside and the trap felt heavy. A vole does not have a pink nose and it is not heavy. We thought maybe it could be a flying squirrel or chipmunk. Dr. Christina said we had to be careful because we didn't know what it was, so she took the animal out in the bag. Watch this video to see what happened:
Later, Dr. Christina wondered if it really was a weasel because it was so large and had a funny tail. Weasels are smaller and have short tails and this creature was larger and had a tail like a paintbrush. She called Dr. Chris to get his input. He said that it was definitely an ermine. I had never heard of an ermine. What can you find out about an ermine? Here is a picture of the ermine we found in in our trap. You can see his paintbrush tail.
After we let the ermine go, we went on another field sign transect. Remember, that means we walked down a trail looking for clues that animals live nearby. Can you remember some of the field signs we look for? Walking down the path today was like walking on a soggy sponge. Here is a video to show you what it was like:
Well, I'm as a tired as a sleepy baby, so I'd better get to bed. Tomorrow is our last day in the field. I can't believe it's almost over!