Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Think Like a Mouse
Today I was in class today too! We got lots of training on how to set and prepare the small rodent traps. We worked together to first make sure each of the 100 traps had a Styrofoam jacket. Why did the trap need a jacket? The night time temperatures are still freezing so this keeps the mouse, shrew or vole, chipmunk, would freeze in the cold metal trap without it. 40 needed repairs or brand new ones made. You can see me doing this in a picture.
Then we had to learn how to put the two pieces together into a banana shape with a tunnel side and a nest side. Why do you think the ends had to be set higher?
We had to fill the nest end with hay and seeds to bait the rodents in and then open the trap door and attach the tunnel.
This is a very time consuming task and thus a reason why the group of volunteers help is so important.Also today mammals seen were red fox, 2 porcupine, 3 snowshoe hare. Weather was a high of 43. Animal science class add that to the chart.
Each of the 100 trap were labeled a-b-c-d-e and 1-10 a and b. This created a checkerboard grid we then placed in the East Port Medway Research Site. I set 20 traps in row D, ten yards apart and orange tape marked the site of each of my traps. While doing this we all had to think like a mouse to set the traps. If you were a mouse running in the forest where should I have put the trap to catch you?