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

Monday, April 4, 2011

Poop Quiz

The direct observation of an animal in the wild is very difficult. It would be easier if I was here to survey trees-they don’t run away, come out only at night, smell me coming(yes I have been showering), ect. So in addition, we have been using indirect methods of observation. Like when I hiked along the shore we have spent time on the Centennial Trail, and additional sites to look for signs that an animal is using the habitat but not actually seeing it. We are using the scat lessons we learned on the shorewalk all the time. They are all similar in size, so they have similar size waste. Being able to identify droppings will help us locate and hopefully sight one of the many mammals here, and add our population data to the climate change study. Today it was 46 and since saw 1 snowshoe hare, 1 deer. Got the traps set again and will check them twice tomorrow.
Now is your turn to try….post your answers in the comments.
**ALSO** include other indirect observations of animals besides scat.
#7 through #1 and remember you can click on the picture to make it bigger.Look closely for clues.Each is a different species.


  1. Our answers are: 1. Coyote, 2. Squirrel, 3. Rabbit, 4. Owl, 5. Fox, 6. Mink, 7. Deer.
    -Animal Science

  2. Our verdict is: 1. Lynx, 2. Rabbit, 3. Porcupine, 4. Owl, 5. Coyote, 6. Bear, 7. Deer. WE also think that ofther obsdervations would be, rubbings, bedding, and trails. -8th grade

  3. We believe we have correctly identified the scat as follows: 1. Fox, 2. Rabbit, 3. Squirrel, 4. Owl, 5. Coyote, 6. Racoon, 7. Deer. You also use these indirect observations as evidence of animals presents: fighting rings, tracks, trails, bedding and rubbings. -Ag II

  4. We think the poop is: 1. Cougar, 2. Rabbit, 3. Beaver, 4. Owl, 5. Coyote, 6. Bear, 7. Deer.
    Your other observations would be: crushed leaves, rubbings, prints, tracks, broken branches, and bite marks.