Today, I went with my group on a 6 mile hike along the coast. It was wonderful to see the beautiful ocean.
We also saw some amazing creatures. On our walk, I saw 16 whitetailed deer all in one meadow! I also saw two red squirrels and 1 porcupine. I have never seen a porcupine in real life, so I was very excited! He was busy and we had to be very quiet so he wouldn't climb the tree and hide. My friend Sue has a fancy camera and she took these great pictures of the three animals we saw.
We also saw some raccoon footprints, letting us know one had visited recently. This is another way to "look" for mammals. We could tell these belonged to a raccoon because of the 5 skinny toes.
When we were walking on the rocks, I saw these bones.
Another person on my team found this. It is the skull of a duck. I wonder what ate it. Any guesses?
This animal is one I have seen a lot of. Do you think it is a wolf or coyote?
We saw a lot of something else today, called scat, that also helps us know which animals have recently visited that area.
Room 5, Do you remember what scat is? Tomorrow, I will tell you more about it and even show you pictures of it. We will be working with scat a lot while we are here.
Thanks for letting me know how you will collect the data on the animals I see. Tally marks sounds like a great idea! Please help Ms. A record the animals I saw today on chart paper and then copy it into your Field Expedition Journals after we have our videoconference. By the way, I am so excited to see you!! I hope you have some great questions for me!