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Friday, April 16, 2010

Day Six

Today, we checked our traps and we caught a brand new female vole we named Bear.  Here you can see me checking her hair with Dr. Buesching to see if she was a vole we had caught before.  She didn't have any markings, so we knew she was a brand new capture.

We also trapped a deer mouse. We named him Mighty!

See how long his tail is compared to the voles we've caught?

Almost all of the other 98 traps were empty because raccoons had torn them apart overnight.  Those pesky raccoons!  There was hay all over the place.  Oh well.  We collected all of our traps because we will be trapping in a new place next week called Cook's Lake.  We will have to set the traps all over again.  I am excited to see what we catch!

After we collected our traps, we went on a horse-drawn cart ride! What a treat after all of our hard work this week! Our horses were named Kim and Sam.

Aren't they beautiful?

They carted us through a huge organic tree farm where they grow Christmas trees and also sell trees for building things. They also have free-range sheep and cows.  Free-range means they get to graze all day in a huge area of the farm.  They are never locked up or put in small barns. The cows are black with big white stripes. They are called Galloway cows.  I have never seen this kind before.  They are very stylish, I think!

Even though this farm is organic and is doing a lot of good things, the farm workers here are hunting the porcupine because the porcupine damages their trees when it eats the tree bark. The scientists I am working with are doing research on this so they can help save the porcupines and also make the farmers happy.  I will tell you more about this soon.

Tomorrow is our free day when we will go explore the big city of Halifax.  Halifax is the capitol and also where the airport is.  I am excited to eat in a restaurant and go to museums and SHOP after being in forests every day.  I'll let you know how it goes.

Room 5, Please add one deer mouse and one vole to the data you are collecting.  We won't count the horses or cows because they aren't wild.  Thank you for sending me great questions.  I promise to answer them this weekend.

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