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

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hi! I’m glad you are learning about mammals! You are right, mammals have back bones and they give birth to live babies. They also have fur or hair and feed their babies with milk.

You were all right about the bag! We use the bag so that we can see what we are doing and so that the voles or mice do not escape. You were also correct about the spring scale. You are really thinking like scientists!

Here are answers to some of your questions:


Is the time different in Nova Scotia? It is one hour ahead here. So when you go to DI at 9:20 a.m., it is 10:20 a.m. here.

What is the green house like? The green house is cozy and nice. I have my own bedroom. There is a kitchen, a dining room and a living room. Upstairs there are bedrooms and a bathroom.

What does the vole eat? Great question! Voles eat seeds and grasses mostly.

Whose dog is it and what is its name? The dog is Lycos. He belongs to Chris and Christina, the scientists. He is like a giant Maggie. He makes me miss Maggie!


How can you tell how old Josephina is? Excellent question! The scientist can tell that Josephina is an older female because mostly because she lived through the winter. Also, she has had babies, so she must be older.

Here are some questions from Ms. Dalton's D.I. Class:

Dianco – Nice question! We also count droppings, survey areas for signs of mammal life, count the trees damaged by porcupines, set up cameras to take pictures of wildlife and watch beaver dams. There is lots of work to be done!

Taylor – I’ve been lucky! The weather has been in the 40s and 50s and sunny each day so far. Most of the snow has melted now.

Patriciea – I miss my kids so much! I love hearing from you on here and can’t wait to skype tomorrow!

Jawuan – We have also seen porcupine, otter and snowshoe hair droppings.

Journey and Amerie -

Who named the vole Josephina? My trapping partner, Ms. Candice, named her Josephina. What should we name the next one?

Johnvonte – Wonderful question! We trap the animals to learn about them. We measure them, weigh them and mark them. This tells us if they are healthy, have food, are making babies and how many voles live in the area.

Thanks for the great questions! I miss you!


At March 19, 2010 at 10:26 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

From some of Ms. Dalton's D.I.kids: From Lafabian- I think that the next vole's name should be "Lafabian" or "Mr. Heath". I think that Josephina gained weight because she has been eating a lot of seeds and plants lately.
Patriciea- I have a list of future vole names: Max, Sam, Pam, John, Eddie, Joe, and Ann. Also, do you miss Ms. Curtis, Ms. Dalton, and Ms. Stiffend?

At March 19, 2010 at 10:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Ms. Dalton's D.I. Class:
Dianco-I think that you should name the next girl vole's name "Chastity", or "Joseph" if it is a boy vole. I think Josephina has gained weight because she eats grass and seeds. We were really really trying to watch the videos, but we were unable to view it, and Ms. Dalton can't view it at her house, either.
Taylor-I think you should name the next vole "Joe" if is a boy, or "Mary" if it is a girl. I know why Josephina gained weight! She has been eating too many seeds and too much grass.

At March 19, 2010 at 10:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jawuan (from Ms. Dalton's D.I. Class) says that the next vole's name should be "Ellen" or "Ms. Dalton". I think Josephina gained weight because she is a herbivore. Do you know what a herbivore is? What do vole droppings look like? We would all like to see your videos, but they are not appearing on the computers. We would like to see the voles.

At March 23, 2010 at 10:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms.Dosmann you were right about Ms.Hanes we are very late to luch becuasue we are working hard .The skelton bones I think is a deer. The animals change climates for food and shelter. see you soon

At March 23, 2010 at 11:03 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms.Dosmann you were right about Ms.hanes
the skelatens look like a deer

At March 23, 2010 at 11:03 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

mS DoSMANN DID YOU get a chance to see the Bobcat? I know that the bobcat is in the cat family. They go to different climate for food and protect ion from different animals.

At March 23, 2010 at 12:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


At March 23, 2010 at 12:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms. Dosmann It's a bobcat that is mixs.
It is in the cat family. You can not have a bobcat for a pet.I think the skelton bones are a deer .and a jumpping mouse.
When I looked at your pictures on the wedsite
I thought about the lake of water .anamals
need water and food
Love, De'Andre

At March 23, 2010 at 12:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms .dosmann. A bobcat is in the family of a cat. A mammal that lives in North Amerrca . the amimals eat us , food, and a deer and met.I did not no that a bobcat cover there poo. When it get hot they go to the weter. love jorney


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