After learning some of the history about the area where the research site is located, Dr. Buesching taught us how to setup and place Longworth traps so that we can collect data about the mouse and vole populations here in Nova Scotia.
These traps are filled with warm bedding and enough food to last the mouse for far longer than the evening they could potentially stay locked inside. In the morning we will visit our traps to see if any small mammals have been caught and if so we'll learn how the animals are doing, and by continuous trapping and recording we'll start to see some evidence about the population density.
Tomorrow we'll learn from Dr. Chris Newman about how climate change is impacting these animals, and other small mammals in Nova Scotia.
My legs are sore and I'm pretty tired after an afternoon of trekking through unbridled forest area in order to set out our traps, but I'm excited to see what tomorrow will bring.
For today's question, I'm wondering what small mammal species reside around High Tech High North County? How do you know this?
Challenge question: What research has been done in our area about how human activity impacts these mammal populations?