Day 4 - Checking Traps, Dropping Counting and Porcupines
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:
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!