Please travel with me to Nova Scotia to study Mammals and Climate Change!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Day One

I've been in Nova Scotia now for almost 12 hours. When I arrived, it was sunny and the skies were very blue. It was fun to meet my whole team! Soon, I will let you meet them, too. Everyone is really nice and everyone loves Emma!

We are staying in a little village called Cherry Hill, which is near the town of Liverpool. Cherry Hill is basically a few houses, a fire station, and a lot of nature. It took us 2 hours to drive here from the airport in Halifax. The ocean is very close to our house.

We have not seen any animals yet. Today was just a day to meet everyone on my team and learn about what we will be doing here. I found out from one of the Scientists that we should be seeing and studying porcupines, whitetailed deer, snowshoe hare and beavers within the next couple of days. I will be posting which animals I study or see each day and the number of times. Room 5, please keep track of how many of each animal I see during my trip. How could you collect this data for me? Talk about it and let me know what you decide as a class. I will also share with you exactly what we do when we are out in the field. Being a scientist will be fun!


  1. I have never seen a show showshoe hare before, I will have to look it up! Beavers! Cool, are they still hibernating? Markus on spring break spotted at least 15-20 white tailed deer on our trip (through the Coastal Redwoods, Monterey, and Sequoia), and regaled us with facts he learned in class!

    If you get a chance check out the Bay of Fundy. I met someone when I was doing research at Woods' Hole once that said it was their favorite place in the world.

    Wikipedia says...
    The Bay of Fundy (French: Baie de Fundy) is a bay on the Atlantic coast of North America, on the northeast end of the Gulf of Maine between the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, with a small portion touching the U.S. state of Maine.

    The Bay of Fundy is known for its high tidal range. Rivaled by Ungava Bay in northern Quebec and the Severn Estuary in the UK, it has one of the highest vertical tidal range in the world.

    In July 2009, the Bay of Fundy was named as a finalist for the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

  2. Ms. Blemker,
    Jackson says "I think you should take pictures of each animal you see."

    Zak says "I think she should write down each animal she sees and then put tally marks on each one she sees."

    Maddie says: "I think she should take a piece of paper and a pencil and then use the pencil to write the name of each animal."

    William says: "I think she could get a notepad and just write all the animals names and then put tally marks for them."

    Sophie says: "I think she could use her binoculars and she will write in her journal and do tally marks."

    Caroline says: "I think the first animal she sees she should write it down, and then the second one she should write it down."

    You have some very smart Kindergarteners in room 5!! We have had such fun lunch reading your blog and catching up with your journey to Nova Scotia. The kids were so thrilled to see Emma reading on the plane!

    Talk to you tomorrow at 1:30, we can't wait!

    Love, Room 5