Day 3 - East Port Medway Research Site
Hello! Thanks for your comments yesterday. Did you like the slide show?
Dun ta Dun... Ms. Dalton's students were the Poo Masters today! They guessed that the droppings were left by either a fox or a coyote... They were right! The droppings were left by a coyote. You can tell because there are small mammal bones inside and it looks almost like a dog pile. Way to go Poo Masters!
We had a long day today. First, we made "coats" for the mouse traps. We wrapped styrofoam around the trap. My job was to tape the pieces together. They called me "Duct Tape Girl." The foam will keep any trapped animals warm. If small mammals get cold, they will die quickly. We also put lots of food in the trap. When animals eat, they stay warm.
Next, we drove in the van to the East Port Medlock Research Site. This a woodland area. We worked in teams to place the traps in the woods. My partner was Ms. Suzanne. She is an 8th grade teacher in Boston. We put 50 traps in the woods. The scientist told us to "think like mice" so that we would know where to put the traps. Watch this video to see what it was like.
Comment (or write in your journals) about this: If you were a mouse or a vole, where would you go? What would you do?