Monday, March 15, 2010
Thanks for your posts yesterday! Zora, I'm glad you had fun in DC. I'm happy you are all enjoying Ms. Hanes and learning so much. The weather is pretty cold here, about 40 degrees, but it is very windy. The wind makes it seem much colder, especially on the coast. I wore 3 layers of clothes today to keep warm. Here is a picture of the house we are staying in and the room where I sleep.
I have so much to teach you about scientists, mammals and Nova Scotia already! Today Dr. Buesching taught us about the work they do as scientists. She told us about all the mammals we might see and trap. Here are some of the mammals: bears (but they are hibernating now), skunks, racoons, bobcats, deer, voles, mice, shrew, chipmunks, porcupines, coyotes, mink, fox and moose. Do you know what makes a mammal special? If you get time tomorrow, look up mammals on google or in an encyclopedia. You can post me the answer when you figure it out.
In the afternoon, we went to Broad Cove to look for signs of animals. We walked along the shoreline for 6 miles. It was rocky, sandy and muddy. We didn't see any live animals, but we did see lots of signs that animals were nearby.
We saw lots of scat (poop) on the walk. Dr. Buesching can tell what kind of animal left the droppings just by looking at it. I'm getting better, but so far, it just looks like poop to me. Hopefully, I will get better. I took pictures of all the poop for you, don't worry!
Here is one pile. It is white because it was bleached by the sun over time. Can you guess what animal left it? Here are some clues: 1. This is a large pile. It's about the size of your fist. 2. If you look closely, you can see fur and small bones in it. 3. It is one of the animals on the list above. Talk about it with some friends. Post me what you think and tell why.
The other volunteers and I are going to play scrabble for a while before bed. I will email Ms. Hanes to set up a time to skype this week. Probably on Friday around 10:30. I can't wait to talk to you! When you post today, make sure you tell me what kind of scat you think this is. You can also ask me questions.