It was so much fun skyping with you on Friday! I hope you enjoyed meeting Dr. Chris, the scientist, and Ms. Alison, the "Bat Lady." They are both from England. Zora and Marie, great job getting on the blog over the weekend! Marie, we did capture Josephina for a third time. Do you think that makes her a smart vole? We are going to talk about the hare data tomorrow, so I will let you know how many hares there were. Great question!
On Friday morning, we checked our traps for the final time at the East Port Medway Research Site. My team captured two more voles! We named them Joe and Jack. They were both male red-backed voles. This time, it was my turn to take the vole out of the trap. Joe weighed 15 grams and had a clip mark from last September. That means a team of scientists caught him last year. He survived the winter.
Next, we came back to the Green House to skype with you! You asked intelligent questions about voles and mammals. I was impressed that you thought about the questions beforehand and were so prepared. You are on your way to being scientists!
After skyping (and lunch, of course) we drove to an organic tree farm. Did you know that Nova Scotia used to do a lot of logging? The New York Times used to be printed on Nova Scotia paper. We learned about a folktale logger this year. Do you remember his name?
A farmer named Mr. Tristan showed us around the farm on a horse-drawn logging wagon. We learned that this farm is special because the farmer chooses not to use large machines to cut down trees. He cuts down trees one at a time using a chainsaw. Then, another logger hauls the tree onto a horse-drawn cart. The horses carry the logs to piles. These farmers are very careful to only cut down certain trees. On their farm, each section of land has baby trees, young trees and old trees. This helps to make sure the forest will have plenty of trees forever.
Why is it important that these farmers are using old-fashioned ways to cut down trees? How is this helping to save the earth?