Hello! My name is Mrs. Clark. Please join me as I travel to study the mammals of Nova Scotia!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Coastal Hike



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.

12 comments:

  1. WOW I bet they love having you since you know what everything this is already and don;t ID them wrong. even the poo!!! Keep it up, i hope you track a quill pig soon!! Did the egg hatch?
    your twin Sis, Bahamas

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  2. Is this on of the things for 2nd hr to put on that sheet of paper next to the door.
    -colten

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  3. We noticed the crab claw and legs as well as sea shells-2nd hour Animal Science

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  4. We think the pooh is raccoon pooh. We also saw the crab claw and legs as well as the bird foot print by the shells.-8th grade

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  5. I hope you are having fun with all the critters. Colton and I are taking good care of the ones back here. can't wait to here your regails! -Ashley

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  6. We noticed the lobster claw, the crab shell, and the seaweed, as well as the coarse sand.
    We were also wondering what has been the most spectacularly enticing activity you have experienced thus far?
    -Ag II

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  7. We found 2 crab legs, 1 body to the crab, surrounded by seaweed, 2 clam shells, 1 large crab pincher, and several things we are not sure of. We would like to know what everything is in the second picture. Thanks, from the Suring 3rd Grade.

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  8. My class sees lots of cool shells, a bird footprint, a crab or lobster claw, and they think it's very cool. We are excited to see more pictures really soon. We think the animal scat you are talking about comes from a seagull or some animal that can fly. We wish you could bring the dog back so we could play with him.
    From, Mrs. Stegeman's First Grade Class

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  9. We think the scat is from some kind of non-flying mammal. We also saw a lobster claw, a crab shell and legs, a bird print and a the sea weed. We can't wait to see more pictures!
    -6th grade Garrigan

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  10. was this picture taken by a river, lake, or on land? animal science 2nd hour

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  11. your dogs miss you, and no the pigeon didn't hatch the egg yet SPANKY

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