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Monday, March 15, 2010

Day 3- Broad Cove

Weather: Sunny and lots of wind
Temperature: 40 F

Hi everyone it was so great to talk to you all on Skype today! I am really happy that it worked out so well and that there were no technical difficulties. We will try it again on Friday once I have a week of research under me. I am sure you'll have many more questions and I will have many more answers for you. Here is a little bit about what we did today:

This morning we started out with a delicious breakfast cooked by Christina (one of the scientists)- eggs and bacon. I want to introduce you to the people you saw today when you called: There is Candice ( a teacher from CA who teaches 6th grade), Megan ( a teacher from GA who teaches 1st grade), Alison (an Ecologist from the UK), and Yuma ( a Graduate Student from Japan). This is in addition to the Scientists Christina and Chris and of course Lycos whom you all saw in the power point :)

We needed a great breakfast because after it we had a long discussion ( a few hours long!) about the research that Christina does here in Nova Scotia and over in the UK at Oxford. She is most interested in animal behavior and therefore much of her time is spent observing mammals and looking for their signs as clues to what they are up to. We learned about many of the small mammals we will be looking for here - Voles, Mice, Porcupines, Mink, Beaver, Raccoon. We will also see Deer, Fox, Coyotes and possibly Black Bear. We were told that there is a bear that lives near here and its actually not the best time of year to come in contact with them. They are just waking up from hibernating all winter so they are very, very hungry! Christina also told us about what signs to be observing in the field when we are out... footprints, tree rubbings and nibblings, bones and the one you all love... Droppings (Scat)!

I took a break a few times from the talk to come and skype you but then it was right back to work. After lunch we went to a place called Broad Cove which is right on the Atlantic Ocean. It was soooo windy!! We spent several hours hiking 6 miles around the coastline from Broad Cove to a place called Green Bay.

We saw a lot of different animal signs which I will post here. See if you can identify them before you read what they are :)

Sample A- What could this bone be from? Hint: Its from a marine mammal

Sample B- Scat.... from what land dwelling mammal? Can you identify anything in it that might tell us more information?

Sample C- What mammal might have done this? They do this as they walk along the tree from the top down...

Sample D- Where might this scat have come from? The little round one to the left comes from one animal and the others come from the animal that did the damage to the tree above.

Sample E Here is a closer look at the teeth marks from the animal who enjoys eating tree bark... do you know who it is yet?


At March 16, 2010 at 10:11 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms. Smith ;)
Awesome photos and updates! Glad you are having fun out there and finding some good clues along the way!
Emily (Martin/O'Donnell)

At March 16, 2010 at 10:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That sounds really cool! I know in all of your pictures are evidence of animals, but have you seen any wildlife there that you wouldn't be able to see here? I can't wait to Skype you again, and I enjoyed seeing everyone. What are you researching when collect those samples?
Maddie S.

At March 16, 2010 at 10:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would say that the tree is the result of a hungry beaver, but beavers usually don't just scrape off the bark of trees. however, the scat is from a beaver, as it has wood in it.

At March 16, 2010 at 10:52 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mrs. Smith!! We really miss you. Except for we also saw you yesterday. Have you done any tracking outside yet? Okay I have to go back to class. Bye!
Taylor Garry

At March 16, 2010 at 10:52 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey MS.Smith!
Sounds like you're having fun:)
I hope you don't see the bear!!! Let us know how the ice cream is..it looked good in the picture!
-Melissa K.

At March 16, 2010 at 5:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still can't get over how cool this all is!
Oh, I love your pictures too.

At March 16, 2010 at 8:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms. Smith! I agree with Maddie - this is all pretty cool! We miss you!

Ms. Norris

At March 16, 2010 at 8:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you identify a tree "rubbing?" If you find any can you post some pictures. Its hard for me to visualize one.

Matt B.

At March 16, 2010 at 8:36 PM , Blogger allie505 said...

This sounds so cool. It was so much fun talking to you on skype. After you find different smaples what do you do with them after?

At March 16, 2010 at 9:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms. Smith
We miss you so much.It's good to hear that you are having fun,and finding about different animals.But also be careful that you don't get eat by a bear. The people who are with you seems really nice. Have fun bye!!!

At March 17, 2010 at 10:40 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms. Smith!!!! What's your favorite flavor of ice cream???? I had peppermint ice cream yesterday. Not my favorite but I love bibliographies!!!!
Jeff H.

At March 17, 2010 at 10:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Ms. Smith
I love the pictures of those droppings!!!!! Just kidding haha.... but it is pretty interesting. Did you find any bears yet?

At March 18, 2010 at 12:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't figure out the answers to the pictures!!! I thought that the tree one was a beaver. And the coyote dropping were GROSS!!!!!



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