Hi! My name is Ms. Dosmann. Please travel with me to Nova Scotia to study Climate Change and Mammals.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Day 4 - Checking Traps, Dropping Counting and Porcupines

So, you think they were deer droppings? It was smart to guess a larger mammal because the droppings were large. Good job! But, the scat had bone in it and deer only eat plants. So, it couldn't be a deer. Do you have another guess? Tell me why you think it is that animal.

Today we had to check our traps. The traps have to be checked two times each day so that the animals aren't in there too long. We had to walk through the woods and check all 50 traps to see if the doors were closed. If a door is closed it means there might be a mouse or vole inside. Do you think we caught one? Watch this video to see what it looks like when we checked our traps:


Well, it turns out that we DID catch a small mammal! It was very exciting. Dr. Buesching showed us how to handle the animal so that we don't hurt it. We had to collect lots of data on the vole. We weighed it, found out if it was a boy or girl vole, clipped its fur and then ran it through a maze. Here are some pictures:

First, Dr. Buesching put the trap in the bag. Why do you think scientists use a bag like this? Next, she opens the trap.

We found a nest in the tunnel. The vole made it overnight.

Next, we weighed her. Do you know the name of the tool we used? We have one in our classroom. It is a scientific tool. She weighed 19.5 grams.

And here she is! This is Josephina! She is a red-backed vole. She is old and was lucky to live through the winter. Isn't she cute! Maybe tomorrow my partner Ms. Candice and I will catch more voles and even a mouse!


At March 18, 2010 at 8:54 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good mornig. If it's not a deer. I think it is a moose.So if it runs away you will know. Who named the vole Josephina? I think it is a spring scale. To beable to see the animal this is why the bag is clear. We are voles.

At March 18, 2010 at 10:43 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms.Dosmann,I think it's a Moose or a Bobcat.I think they used a spring scale to weight the animals.
A mammal is a vertebrate. They have a backbone and a spinal.
When yiu catch the animals what do you do with them? Zora loveyou

At March 18, 2010 at 10:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here are some questions from Ms. Dalton's D.I. Class: Dianco wants to know what other work you do up in Nova Scotia besides catch little animals. Taylor wants to know what the weather is like up there and if there is much snow on the ground. Lafabian wants to know if you would like to have a vole as a pet. Patriciea wants to know if you miss your kids! Jawuan wants to know if you have seen other kinds of droppings besides deer and coyote.
We enjoy your e-mails to us!
Have a great poo-finding day!!!
Ms. Dalton's D.I. Class

At March 18, 2010 at 11:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Ms.Dosmann I think it's a bobcat becauce the poop is big and it look like a bobcat and the thing is called
a spingskalaten

At March 18, 2010 at 11:09 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Ms. Dosmann
A mammal is a warm blood animal just like me.
I think it was fox poop.
Why do you need to trap animals?
It is aspring scale.
be able to see in the bag johnvonte love

At March 18, 2010 at 11:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi MS.Dosmann I think it is a moouse or a
bobcat. The scal is called a spring scale.
Mammals are animals with a backbone like me.
Voles are vary small.what is the purpose of the vole living in the woods. They used a clear bag so they want escape.
Have a good day. Charney

At March 18, 2010 at 1:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

They use that kind of bag so they can see what they are tuching. I think it was the fox who pooded .Ms hanes told us that a mammal is a verterbrate. Mammals give birth .
How can you tell how old Josephina is? Peyton

At March 18, 2010 at 4:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the time different in Nova Scotia?

What is the green house like?

What does the vole eat?

Whose dog is it and what is its name?



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