Hello! My name is Mr. Greenslate. Please join me as I travel to Nova Scotia to study mammal populations!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Teaching from Nova Scotia w/ Earthwatch: Getting Oriented

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


  1. Mammals are a warm blooded vertebrae animal of a class that is distinguished by hair or fur and the birth of live young.
    Some of the reasons the moose are disappearing is a brain worm, poaching, neurological diseases, acid rain, habitat alteration and possibly climate change.
    I am very jealous because it looks cold there. The air conditioning is still broken at school and we had an indoor lunch today. It is about a hundred degrees at my house right now and I hope your having fun!

  2. ah, gotta thank my grandparents on this one. They told me that poaching is actually a big problem in Nova Scotia. Since their are only about a thousand left, poachers are their biggest threat. -Elliott

  3. while i was researching this question i found out that moose are slowly disappearing from Nova Scotia's. They also said that there's only about 1,000 moose left in Nova Scotia's and that poachers continue to take the lives of these animals. During this research i found out that in many aboriginal populations they depended on mainland moose for food,cloth, and shelter.
    ---------Joseph Perez---------------------

  4. Mammals give live birth, produce milk to feed their young, and grow hair or fur.

    ~Nathaniel Poirier

  5. Mammals are defined by their ability to give live birth, produce milk to feed their young, and grow hair/fur.

    The reason the moose are disappearing is due to illness, illegal hunting, black bears, habitat loss, climate change, and acid rain.

    - Nicole Felix

  6. The moos are being killed by poaching/illigal hunting, disease, predators, habitat change/loss and climate change.

    ~Nathaniel Poirier

  7. What defines a mammal is (typically) the possession of hair/fur and birth of live young.

    (Challenge) Factors that are killing the mainland moose are disease (brain worms,) poaching for sport, climate change and black bears.

    Ben Abeyta

  8. A mammal is defined as any sort of animal that has a vertebrate and can breath outside of the water.

    ~Gregory Jordan

  9. Mammal: any warm-blooded vertebrate having the skin more or less covered with hair

    -Ashh Reyes

  10. garek aka vannila faceSeptember 28, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    of the 70 moose carcuses disected by Scott McBurnie, 34 percent were road kill. The parasite (p.tenuis) known as brain worm killed 28 percent. Starvation took 13 percent, incidental causes 9 percent, and 6 percent died of other neurological reasons.

  11. When i think of a mammel i think of an animal that doesnt lay eggs.
    an animal that breathes air and doesnt have gills. and an animal that cant breathe underwater

  12. I think that what defines a mammal from other animal classifications is that mammals are born alive (not in an egg), do not have an exoskeleton (inner bones), breath atmospheric air (not under-water) and have hair covering a majority of the body.

    >> Heather O'Connell

  13. Mammmls don't lay eggs and they give birth to live animals and the Mammary land witch produces milk so that the babies could get feed.
    Poachers are killing to mainland moose which is decreasing there population.
    ~Arnold Flores

  14. As quoted from the website http://easternwoodsandwaters.ca/, it seems that of those Moose, 34 per cent, were road kill. The parasite (p.tenuis) known as brain worm killed 28 per cent. Starvation took 13 per cent, incidental causes 9 per cent, and 6 percent died of other neurological reasons. -Chase B.

  15. What defines a mammal from the rest is that it is warm blooded animal. It also has the capacity of carrying young inside their body instead of laying eggs.
    ~Janet A.

  16. Mammal's are animals that give live birth, can produce milk to their young, and grow fur/hair. The moose are dissapearing due to hunting problems, climate changes causes lack of food, and sickness.

    - Riannan Altvater :)

  17. what defines a mammal--
    Well mammals are vertebrates they are also warm-blooded and they give birth to live young.

    Joseph Perez

  18. Mammals are meamers of the animal kindom, that are warm blooded, have hair or fur, give birth to live young (with the exception of a few species) Produce milk to feed young. Mammals are also vertibrates.
    -Tyler Alexander

  19. Mammal~ a warm blooded creature that has some kind of hair or fur and female mammals can produce milk unlike other non-mammals creatures.

  20. Mammels give live birth and have hair or fur. Some reasons why the moose are being killed are: a brain worm or disease, people hunting them, and climate change.


  21. Mammals are defined as animals that don't lay eggs and give birth to live young (exception is the platypus) and are usually covered with hair. They are warm blooded and need to breath air.
    -Jesse A.

  22. Any of various warm-blooded vertebrate animals of the class Mammalia, including humans, characterized by a covering of hair on the skin and, in the female, milk-producing mammary glands for nourishing the young.

    -Alice Koski

  23. A mammal is a warm blooded animal. They have fur, and the females can produce milk for there young. They also give birth, instead of laying eggs.
    Some of the reasons mainland moose are endangered are because of disease like brainworm, poachers, acid rain, or climate changes.

  24. A mammal is a warm blooded animal that gives birth to their off-spring and can produce milk for their young.
    - Alyssa

  25. A mammal is defined by having warm blood, giving birth to live young, nursing the young with milk, and having hair or fur.
    Mainland moose are being killed by poachers, disease, black bears, habitat alteration, climate change, and acid rain.

    -Alex Clay

  26. Any vertebrate of the class Mammalia, having the body more or less covered with hair, nourishing the young with milk from the mammary glands, and, with the exception of the egg-laying monotremes, giving birth to live young.

  27. Mainland moose are being killed by poachers, disease, black bears habitat alteration, acid rain, and climate change.