Day 13- Last Day @ Cook's Lake/ Survival Skills/Beaver Watching
Weather: Sunny and Windy
Today was our last day at Cook's Lake. We were a little bit sad about this, I have to say. Lucky for us although it was very cold, it was blue sky and sunny!
We hiked into the cottage and checked our traps. While I was walking down to check them, I saw a little piece of fur stuck in some pricker bushes...evidence that an animal had been here overnight. I picked it out of the thorns and as soon as I felt it I knew it must be a snowshoe hare. Dr. Christina confirmed this. Here is a picture of it:
This time when we checked our traps we had 1 pregnant vole ( a new one!) and 1 male vole. It seems that there may be 3 pregnant voles in this area! Pretty cool that the population for the spring is off to a good start.
After checking our traps we headed back to East Port Medway to see if we had caught anything with our camera traps. We were able to say hello to the horses again too.
None of us had anything except for the trap that Dr. Chris has placed at the compost pile in back of the accommodations. Any idea what we could have caught? Well here it is (disregard the date and time on the photo- we don't update that when we setup the camera because it uses up the battery):
We headed back to the accommodations for some time with Dr. Chris on Survival Skills. It was interesting because he taught us a way to start a fire using sticks as well as how to build a spring trap.
We decided that since it was so nice outside, we'd go for a walk in Cherry Hill and check it out. The ocean was soooo nice today! It was cool to see the waves break on the shoreline, eroding the rocks till they were nice and smooth- they looked like dinosaur eggs!
As the waves recede back into the ocean, they make a really neat sound. I took a video so I hope you are able to hear them.
We settled in on a bench at the side of the wetland and waited. We had to be completely still and absolutely quiet while we were there. Beavers are sensitive to noise and if they determine the are to be unsafe, they will go inside of their lodge and not come out!
The first thing we saw swimming across in front of us was a muskrat. These little guys look like pretty flat creatures while they swim. They are smaller in size than a beaver but they actually share the beaver lodge with the beavers. I had no idea they did that! Here is a picture of what a muskrat and a beaver look like. Their tails are what you can use to tell them apart. When they are swimming a muskrat's tail goes back and forth like a snake in water while a beaver's tail is pretty flat (although a beaver's body is pretty big and obvious!).