Thanks for your comments!
Many of you commented on my question about whether or not Josephina is a smart vole for getting caught three times. I can tell you were really thinking. There really is no right or wrong answer to this question. She may have just happened into the traps three times or she might have thought it was great place: safe from predators, full of food and warm. You came up with both hypotheses. Brilliant!
You also thought about why the organic farmers cut the trees down with a chainsaw instead of a large machine. I was impressed with your thinking. Elizabeth said that she thinks the farmers use chainsaws to avoid cutting down the little trees. She is right! The loggers want to have all ages of trees in the forest so that they can always log and the forest will always have trees. Ms. Dalton's students said they think this type of logging is also safer for animals. They are also right! The loggers are careful to keep some trees around for animals to live in. They even leave some dead trees standing for woodpeckers, squirrels and chipmunks. Payton mentioned that using a chainsaw saves energy. She is right as well! A large machine will use a lot of gas and pollute the air. A horse-drawn cart does not. Great job on this question, thinkers!
Amerie asked about people hunting animals. That is a great question. People all over the world hunt animals to kill them. This is okay when it is done in the right way. Native Americans hunted animals and never caused problems. They used each and every part of the animals they killed, from the skin down to the bone. Hunting becomes a problem when people hunt too many of one kind of animal or when the animals suffer. Some animals are endangered because of hunting. In Nova Scotia, some animals, like beavers and flying squirrels, are protected, so hunters are not allowed to hunt them. Other animals, like deer and snowshoe hare, are okay to hunt because there are lots of them here.
I can't wait to read more of your questions tomorrow! Nice work today!