Day 5 - Checking Traps, Hare Dropping Counting, Looking for Field Signs
Well, we checked our traps twice today. My team didn't catch anything. The other team caught just one vole- two times! And Guess who it was? That's right, Josephina. We have caught the same vole twice. She weighed more each time. Can you guess why?
After checking our traps this morning, we went to count snowshoe hare droppings. Look up the difference between a hare and a rabbit. In the video, I call them rabbits, but they are actually snowshoe hares. Dr. Buesching explained the difference to me. Here is what it looks like when we count hare droppings:
My team of Ms. Candice, Ms. Suzanne and I also went on a 2 and half hour hike today looking for "field signs." We looked for signs that small mammals live nearby. Scientists have to be very observant and use all five senses. We looked for tracks in the mud, dens or burrows, fur, droppings and markings on trees. We also listened and looked for animals. Here is what it looks like:
I can't wait to talk to you guys today on skype. Have some questions ready that you want to ask me. We will also have a guest speaker!