Hello! My name is Mrs. McNulty.

Please travel with me to Nova Scotia to study climate change and mammals!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Found Some Furry Friends!


Hiding in these thick forest brambles are 100 gentle, cozy traps for our small mammal friends =)

The number of 'friends' we find will help the scientists determine how many survived the winter and what the different population sizes are.

We found 5 furry friends today! They were all Redbacked Voles. Four males and one female. We named them:
Burt, Brit, Babe, Gimpy, & Fiesty McFiesterson!

If there is someone inside when we check the trap, we gently empty out the trap, remove the animal, clip a tiny bit of hair off (so we know if we recapture the same animal), and weigh it. Next we record the species, its gender, and its weight all on a data sheet. Finally, we return our friend right back to where we found them from.

Please don't worry; it doesn't harm the voles at all to be held by their scruff. Apparently, they don't have any nerves in their neck area which means they cannot feel pain there. A very clever adaptation! Also, the hair that is clipped is just a top layer called the guard hair. We do not clip the black under hair which is what the animal uses as insulation to stay warm.

Today we also did a porcupine damage survey and set a different kind of trap called a camera trap. I'll tell you more about that soon. Wow, what a day!

Tomorrow we will check the traps again and do some deer and hare surveys. In the evening, if it doesn't snow, we will be doing some beaver watching. Very exciting!!

"GUESStimate" Challenge:

Today, out of 100 traps, we found 5 individuals.
How many do you think we'll find tomorrow??

17 comments:

  1. thats really hard i would probably guess maybe 10 or 12 i really miss u c u soon=D

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  2. My answer is about 10.Hi Mrs. Mcnulty,this is Phoebe. i miss you.

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  3. Hi Ms.Mcnulty my answer is maybe about 3 or to 6 hope you find more animals see ya ! BYE =p

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  4. maybe it'll be 11 or 12. See you tomorrow!

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  5. my answer is 8 mrs.mcnulty

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  6. Maybe 10 or less,Mrs.McNulty.I miss you!

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  7. I would guess maybe about 5 or 10.I miss
    u Ms.McNulty have fun

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  8. Dear mcnutly if you find 5 animals today from 100 traps tomorrow you might find about 10 animals tomorrow.Gook luck from finding more animals.I will miss you.bye bye.

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  9. Hi Mrs.Mcnuty its Nikhi my guess is 10 or 6

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  10. Hi mrs.Mcnulty my guess is 10 or 6

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  11. Adrianne MendiolaApril 16, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    I would say about 12 to 16.....Hope you have a great time and I bet I will see some unusual scat in Outdoor Ed!!!!

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  12. I think about 10 or less. Hope your having fun out there. I miss you so much. :)

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  13. Mrs m it was FUN talkin to u on skype!!!! Hope we can do it again ! Have fun on ur trip!!!

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  14. Hi Melissa - Boy, that scat just keeps a comin'! Such adventures you are having! Am looking forward to hearing more about them in person. See you next week! Ann S.

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  15. Hi Mrs.Mcnulty my answer is 10. i really miss you!

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  16. hi i'm sai thaw your the best teacher who could travel i miss u

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