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

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Day 4

Good job to everyone who has written a comment to my Blog response earlier this week. I've seen your comment, IF YOU'VE WRITTEN ONE, even though you may not see it published on the blog page. I can't post everyone's, but will read it and grade you accordingly! Keep the good constructive comments coming!

Today's events included checking the traps again at the Cooks Lake area. I took a very cool video of what it was like to open a trap, remove the small mammal, take the appropriate measurements, and then release it back into its habitat. Please see the video below (it's about 4 minutes).
http://vimeo.com/29813334 (click on link or copy and paste link)

We also followed a procedure called a Deer and Hare Quadrat, in which teams of 5 searched a 50 meter by 50 meter grid in search of deer and hare signs (scat, prints, eating areas). This data gets compiled to measure an estimated population of deer and hare in the Cooks Lake area, which is also used as an estimate to calculate the overall population within Nova Scotia.

We're all very busy with tramping into these remote areas, carrying the necessary gear (backpack with water, rain gear, food, trapping equipment, notebooks, bugspray, sunscreen, etc), and spending the entire day outdoors. It's been great, but exhausting. In the evening, usually after dinner, the volunteers get together at the dinner table to lengthy discussions on the health of ecosystems, the state of climate condition, global warming, and the human condition. I am the only American from the northeast. There is a senior couple from Iowa, and another teacher from California. In addition, there is one couple and another woman from London. The conversations are very enriching because we all have very different backgrounds, politics, and walks of life. Learning about the education in England reassures me of how lucky we (and you students) have it here in America. Please be grateful for the wonderful learning opportunities that you get, because, according to my new British friends, the teachers over there have a very autocratic, know-it-all style, and do not give the students much opportunity to ask questions, explore things that are interesting to them, or do much hands-on activities.
We do have it good!

So, please respond to Part 1 of assignment 3 as a comment to this blog, and respond to Part 2 of assignment 3 in your STEM notebooks:
Animals have been designed to adapt. For example, a wood mouse has large ears and eyes so it can see and hear very well at night, when it's time to look for food and escape predation. Another example is the snowshoe hare's ability to go from brown hair to white hair during the winter in order to avoid predation, and blend in seamlessly with the environment.

Part 1 is to list 2 different Mammal species and their unique adaptation characteristic. Feel free to do a "google" search if you cannot identify any examples off the top of your head. Post part 1 to the blog site.

Part 2: In your STEM notebooks, design a new mammal that needs to be able to survive in the following conditions (draw, label, identify adaptations, etc): cool climate, seasonal snow, ice, flooding, drought, dryness; rocky, hilly, grassy, treed environment; plants and small mammals are abundant, but YOU are preyed on by large carnivores (bear, wolves, coyotes). You need to survive in this region, so be creative and think how you can adapt to all the changes!


  1. 1. Polar Bear: Blubber acts as an insulator and light fur blends in with icy tundra.
    2. Zebra: Stripes camouflage and long legs help them run fast, escaping predators.

  2. dolphins-way their body is shaped for swimming in the ocean
    dogs-fur gets heavier or more thin depending on where the dog is from

  3. 1.Polar Bear- there white fur helps them blend into their environment
    2.Duck- Their webbed feet allow them to swim better in water

  4. 1 polar bear-thare fur keeps them warm in the cold waters. 2 duck webbed feet to swim way faster than a predator with out webbed feet.

  5. Owl- can see in the dark for hunting
    Duck- webbed feet for swimming

  6. elephant- its trunk helps it to pull down foliage from trees so it can eat

    platypus- its webbed feet help it to swim and dig burrows

  7. 1: A polar bear's fur keeps them warm and it is also camoflage, because their fur blends in with the white snow.
    2: A penquin's body shape helps them swim better and their stomach helps them slide across the ice.

  8. 1.) giraffe- their long necks allow them to reach their food source, leaves on trees
    2.) porcupine- their needles allow protection against predators

  9. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers- Have an oil coating on their skin that keeps water away from it.
    Sharks- Have a never-ending supply of teeth if one falls out another takes its place.

  10. A owl can see in the dark when it is hunting.

    A turtle has a strong shell to protect it from predators.

  11. Bats can hear really well to hunt animals.
    Wolves have sharp teeth to chew up food

  12. 1: polar bear- there fur keeps them warm
    2: duck- there webbed feet help them swim

  13. Brown Bear- Their brown fur helps them blend in with their enviroment.
    Sheep- Their fur helps them stay warm.

  14. Lion- roars to scare away pedator
    opossum- plays dead so predators dont kill them

  15. polar bears use there fur for warmth
    ladybugs use there dots to scare away predators

  16. A honey badger has long claws for digging

    A basilisk has a long tail that balances it while it runs on water with its webbed feet

  17. A bear has thick fur to stay warm in the winter and a cheetah is really fast so it can catch its prey really easily.

  18. 1 crab-shell protects it from predators.
    2 lynx-stubby shape conserves heat.

  19. whales: They use blubber to keep themselves warm.
    python: There mouths are enlarged so they can catch prey easily and swallow them whole.

  20. porcupine: has spikes it can shoot out to protect itself from predators
    polar bear: has fur to keep itself warm

  21. frog- has webbed feet for swiming
    turtle- has a shell for protection

  22. 8Brooke D

    Skunk- spray to keep enemies away and are mostly black so it is hard to see them at night


    big paws help them hop and big ears help them hear what is around them

  23. Cats: Cats have long slim tails to help them keep balance
    Wolf: A wolf has a sensitive nose to help it scent danger and prey

  24. Alligator-webbed and clawed feet to help them swim and dig.
    Polar Bear-thick layer of fat for storage and insulation.

  25. Whales: Blubber insulates them from the cold water.
    Squirrels: Paws adapted for climbing up trees.

  26. Whales: They have blowholes which let them breathe underwater so they can expel water through the blowhole.
    Deer: They have wool to hold off the cold. They also have horns to defend against others.

  27. giraffe: there long neck helps them reach there food.
    turtle: there shell protects them, and there green shell also blends them into ther habitat.

  28. polar bear- there fur keeps them warm in the winter

    giraffe- there long neck helps them reach really high food.

  29. skunk-they shoot of a stinky smell to keep predators away and anything else
    elephant-their trunk helps them to gather water and food and put it in their mouth

  30. Tiger- Stripes help to camoflouge it.
    Dumbo Octopus- Small to aviod detection and have ears resembeling those of Dumbo the Elephant.
    Got to http://divaboo.info/ to view pics

  31. 1.Polar bear: It has thick fur that will keep it warm in its cold climate.
    2.Turtle: It has a hard shell for protection

  32. Sharks- sharp teeth for catching pray
    Duck-webbed feet for swimming

  33. Porcupines: Have sharp pincers to keep predators away.
    Giraffe: Long neck to eat of off tall trees.

  34. elephant- they are very intelligent
    owl- they can see in the dark

  35. Duck: webbed feet helps it swim.
    polar bear: fur keeps itself warm.