Monday, March 28, 2011
I just returned from a 7 mile hike! During the walk we looked for things called indirect methods of mammal surveying. This means finding signs of mammals using a habitat but not actually visually seeing them. So for your first test...look at the picture I have posted with Lycos the dog sniffing it.He is trained to find the poop and them let us identify it. Also look at the kind of rocks were were walking on.
The scat Lycos is sniffing is from an animal that deposits it high off the ground so the wind can spread its scent to claim territory. Post any answers. I also found porcupine scat, porcupine trails, and tracks and a dead seagull skeleton. For non-mammals there is a collection of sea shore items. See anything you recognize?
So for totals on 3-28-11 are 1 red squirrel, 1 snowshoe hare, 1 deer, 5 coyote, 2 porcupine, and 2 raccoon temperature today was 36.