Hello my name is Mr. MacDonald Please join me as I travel to Nova Scotia to study mammals!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Day 1 Cherry Hill







After traveling from the Maine Border to the ferry in Saint John, across the Bay of Fundy to Digby, Nova Scotia (NS), I had some down time before arriving at the site in Cherry Hill. I took the opportunity to see some of the beautiful sights of this region, as well as some wildlife. When I finally arrived at the home in Cherry Hill, where I'll be spending the next 2 weeks, I was greeted by the 6 other fellow Earth Watch participants as well as the 2 field scientists: Drs. Christina and Chris (both professors from the University of Oxford, in England). We had a nice meal that evening and got to know each other a little bit.
Today, we had a 4 hour lecture/class on what Earth Watch is all about. We discussed the importance of mammals as key indicator species of an ecosystem, including what particular mammals we'll be studying during our course: the wood mouse, the common vole, and the red squirrel. We also learned the importance of knowing the number of particular species within a region (or ecosystem), because they indicate factors such as climate change, habitat destruction, or introduced species and competition.
After our talk, we took a short drive to a place called, Broad Cove, where we took a 3.5 hour long walk (about 5 miles) along the rocky, rugged coastline. Our walk, which is called a transect, was to practice identifying mammals. That came in the form of direct (seeing the animal) and indirect observations (seeing signs of the animal). What do you think the most common sign was? What mammal do you think left that sign? Scroll through some of the pictures, and post your thoughts to this blog as PART 1 of your assignment. PART 2 of your assignment (to be done in your journals) is to make a list of all the mammals you can see from your backyard, commute to school, around the school property. Make sure you are clear what distinguishes a mammal from other animals (birds are not mammals!)
Enjoy the pics, and please post by Wednesday!
***I will see all of your comments, but will only POST about 8-10 of them, so don't get discouraged if you don't see your comment under my blog. I'll try to get everyone's at least once!***
See ya,
Mr. Mac

30 comments:

  1. i can see
    my dog
    chickens
    chipmonks
    a mammal is a a amimal that has a back bone,Mammary suckling, milk fed young, warm blooded, Hair, and Four chambered heart

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  2. I think the most common sign of mammals was scat. I think the scat shown above may be from a fox or small coyote, as it is too large for a rabbit, squirrel, or vole, but too small for a wolf or bear.

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  3. I think the most common signs of mammals in the area is their scat, and the footprints they leave behind.The scat is way to small for any large animals such as a bear, but it could be a coyote or a fox. Using their footprints is a way to identify what mammal it actually is, and where it will be migrating to and from.

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  4. I think that it is scat.It is too sall for a small animal and too beig for a bear or wolf. So it has to be a meduim size animal like a fox.

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  5. I think the sign is animal dung. A fox , coyote, or maybe other middle sized animals could have left this but not an animal smaller or larger than that because the dung is not proportional to animals other than that size.

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  6. I think the most common signs of mammals is their scat. The scat is maybe from a coyote not a bear it's too big.

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  7. i think the most common signs of mamals he found was animal poop. maybe its from a fox

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  8. The most common sign of mammals was the scat. It was probably left by a fisher cat or young coyote.

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  9. The most common signs are animal droppings. The animal is probably a fox because of its size.

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  10. I think droppings and tracks of animals are the clear and the most accurate signs of identifing animals. You can identify animals by the dropping size and track size and shape and in this case the droppings in the picture are most likely from a medium sized animal such as a fox or a coyote.

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  11. The most common sign was probably animal dung. It most likely came from a fox or a squirrel based on its size.

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  12. the most common sign is there scat and footprints. i think it was left from a fox because of they size

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  13. I think the sign is the animal dung,fox, or maybe other middle sized animals could have left this.Smaller animals would not fit this.

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  14. The most common sign of mammals was the footprint. I think it was left from a fox or coyote because of the shape and size.

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  15. The footprint is the most common because they make one every time they walk.

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  16. I think you saw mammals from their droppings. I think a bunny was there.

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  17. The footprint is the most common because they are made every time you walk.

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  18. I think that it is animal scat. It is most likely from a medium sized animal like a fox or a coyote. It could have even been a dog.

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  19. I think the scat would be the most common sign because every mammal has scat

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  20. I believe the most common sign was the droppings of the animals and occasionally some footprints.

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  21. I think the most common sign would either have to be scat, footprints, or in shedding seasons, fur. I think the scat might have come from a medium sized animal, like a fox or even a coyote, because it isnt huge but it seems fairly sized.

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  22. The most common sign is animal dung. I think it could be a fox's, it would be to large for a smaller animal

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  23. the most commmon sign i think might be scat beacuse most likely all the animals have scat so they would just leave it.

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  24. I think the most common sign was scat and footprints. I think the scat belongs to a porcupine because the scat is not that big but not as small as a mouse's or a small animal like that.

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  25. That picture of the water and clouds with the tree onthe other side is really cool. Good photography!

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  26. I think the most common signs of mammals would be their scat. I think that is from a middle sized animal like a fox or a coyote.

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  27. I think the animal droppings will be the most precise one because you can tell what animal it's from.

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  28. Animals have to be able to walk and despose of what they eat and drink. so scat and footprints are two very good ways to see if an animal is there

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  29. the most common sign was footprints and animal scat. Most likely a small animal like a bunny.

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  30. i think the most common sign is the scat. and the animal is a fox.

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