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Monday, March 15, 2010

Broad Cove Slide Show

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?