Mammal trapping was like opening presents at Christmas today.Let’s talk about the different species while we show off what we caught today:
Mice-have huge eyes, and big mickey mouse ears and long tails, they love to climb up fallen logs or rocks and are nocturnal(come out at night). They are omnivores. We caught 2 deer mice today. Here is one I got to handle and take data on.
Voles-have short stubby tails, small ears and small eyes so they come out only during the day they look to always be under brush and cover to avoid predators rather then run, because they cannot hear or see them as good as mice since their eyes and ears are small and herbivores and are diurnal(active during the day). We caught 4 red backed voles today.
Shrews-they are smaller and also have short stubby tail, small ears but bigger eyes. They however are insectivores with a diet where they must eat almost constantly and will starve in 3 hours without bugs to eat. So our traps have a shrew hole about the size of a dime from which they can escape. We had 1 shrew today(How come I don’t have a picture?)
Red Squirrels-larger size, long fluffy tail, big eyes, sharp claws for climbing will be both up trees and on forest floor, they are diurnal herbivores. We saw 2 today. In a field transect we found 5 porcupine, 3 beaver, 15 snowshoe hare, 1 deer, 10 coyote, 3 raccoon, 1 skeleton of deer mouse. The temp was 43.
We also learned that raccoons are a pest to our research site as they disassembled 4 traps, and shredded the Styrofoam jackets trying to get the seed inside.
What do you think we did with the rodents we caught in the traps? What data was collected?