Monday, September 27, 2010
Having spent about eight hours getting to Nova Scotia I was pretty tired by the time I met the Earthwatch team at the Halifax airport, and with the research site about two hours from the airport I was more than tired when I arrived here in Cherry Hill. After a brief view of our itinerary for the next two weeks we had dinner and introduced
ourselves, and then it was off to bed.
Today we spent the morning learning from Dr. Christina Buesching about Mammal Monitoring Science and why the studying of small mammals in this area is important environmental research. Additionally, we learned about her work with the Wildlife Conservation Unit at the University of Oxford (United Kingdom), in what is currently the longest running study of medium-sized carnivores (badgers) on earth.
We discussed the specific features of mammals, some of the techniques we'll use in the field to calculate their population density, and what some of the scat (poop) looks like for mammals such as porcupines, deer, hares, and black bears. We also learned about why there are only 600 moose left in Nova Scotia, and what is killing them.
Later in the day we took a three hour hike from Broad Cove to Green Bay and started identifying signs of mammals (bones, scat, footprints, fur, etc.).
Today I would like you to share with me what is it that defines a mammal.
Challenge question: What is killing the mainland moose, and how is it doing so?
- Mr. Greenslate
Posted by Christopher Greenslate at 5:48 PM