Day 10 - Cook's Lake
Weather: Overcast/Very Foggy
Congratulations to David S - Sociologist of the Day- for correctly defining a matriarchal society!
I woke up this morning to a raging fog that covered the entire area of Cherry Hill. It was really cool. It had rained a little over the night and you could actually hear the waves crashing on the shore at the end of the road! We raced to eat breakfast so that we could set out to our new research site... Cook's Lake.
It takes a little while to drive out to Cook's Lake, probably an hour and a half or so. Well we were driving along and all of a sudden a Bobcat ran across the road! We couldn't believe it! I wasn't able to get a picture of it so I "Googled" one for you here. What an exciting animal to see. We knew there were some around here but they are pretty good hiders so its rare to catch a glimpse of them.
Can you tell Lycos likes learning about bones too?
Cook's Lake is an old farm that was established on "Crown Land" meaning it was land given to early settlers by the King. It was given out to encourage settling in the new land. If you were given land, there were several things you needed to establish year after year to keep the land. For example in your first year on the land you needed to start clearing trees and build a shelter on it. I will tell you the whole story about this when I return, but it is really interesting and will fit in nicely when we start talking about exploration later on this year in Social Studies!
We hiked in to Cook's Lake and observed a lot of beaver damage to trees in the area. There are several beaver lodges in the area so there was definitely evidence of them working hard!
The trap setting went well and then it was off again to the accommodations for dinner and a talk about data analysis. I know some of you are excited to find out how we calculate population size from the data we collected... so here you go! One of the methods we used is called the Lincoln/Peterson Index. Can you find out what the equation is and think about how you might use it?