For Mrs. Clark's 7th Graders :)
Hi Guys! Great Questions you had for me yesterday, I am so happy you posted! Here are the answers to your questions:
1. No, we did not catch the porcupine that caused all the tree damage. They are very hard to find at this time of the year. In the summer when it is warmer you might be able to find them up in the trees. They like to climb up the tree and then sleep on one of the branches with their legs dangling on either side!
2. We have not yet figured out how many porcupines are in the area here, but I will ask the scientists and let you know.
3. I have not seen any bears... YET! The type of bear they have here is the Black Bear.
4. The largest mammal that we have caught so far is a pregnant vole. You can see her picture in my blog from today. The largest mammal that we have seen so far is the Bobcat!
5. The 9 animals that we have seen signs of during our researching up here are the porcupine, deer, snowshoe hare, coyote, voles, mice, chipmunk, bobcat and raccoon.
6. We have caught 7 voles so far (but one of them was caught 3 times!).
7. The Red-backed vole is named that way because it has a reddish color of fur that runs along its back. You can kind of see that in this picture:
8. The Longworth traps that we use work by placing food and hay (for them to make a nest) in the trap. This makes a nice place for the animals and they smell the food so they want to come inside. When they come inside the trap they walk to the end and hit a little piece of metal that closes the door at the front of it. This keeps them inside until we come and let them out. Some smaller animals such as a shrew, are able to slide out the hole in the back of the trap. This is ok because we are not wanting to trap them. They are also very nervous and would be upset if they were stuck inside.
9. We can tell the differences between the animals by the way that they look. You probably know that animals are very hard to find sometimes so we also need to be able to identify them in other ways. One way we do that is by looking at the droppings they leave behind. Their droppings look very different from one another and that helps us find out who has been there. You can see pictures of droppings on my blog!