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

Thursday, April 7, 2011

End of Trapping

The Cooks Lake small mammal research is completed for our team. Due to rain and the snow melt we were moved to the control site not the previously logged site
as I had said we were going before. The control site has never been logged since the research began. The site habitat is mostly conifer species(spruce the dominant one)the forest floor is covered with bright green moss on small mounds, fallen trees, and still water covered in many spots. The dominant species here are voles, chipmunk, lemmings and sometimes mice. We also put another grid of traps out in an open meadow for jumping mice to determine the earliest date/temperatures they come out of hibernation. This species is only one that does hibernate and not wake up during the winter or erratic spring temps. To describe them: a super long tail that is twice as long as its body, and super large back feet. This allows them to hop very far compared to thier body size. When a farmer is cutting a hay field the meadow jumping mice can be seen hopping in front of the tractor like miniature kangroos. Since we did not trap any I do not have any pictures they were still hibernating. Today was 41 and we had no animal sightings.
At Cooks Lake we caught 1 bog lemming, 2 red backd voles, and recaputured the same vole on the second day. So go back and use the Lincoln-Peterson Index to determine the population density. What can you conclude from your answer about this site in relation for the population?

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