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Mammals of Nova Scotia

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July 3, 2009: From the forest to Liverpool

Inspecting_traps As I explained in my blog previously, ecology is the scientific study of the distribution and abundance of species and their interactions with their environment. But, how can we carry out that study? The most common methodology is to carry out a survey: a static activity to determine the factors which affect distribution and fact. There are several ways to do a survey: look/direct observation, traps or field signs. Each way has advantages and disadvantages but all of them are useful tools to research mammals in Nova Scotia. Up to now, we have seen mainly voles, chipmunks, porcupines, deer, muskrats, squirrels and beavers, among others mammals. Today we started our field work checking our traps and unfortunately, my team only trappedLiverpool one vole! We also checked our camera traps and have thrown pieces of fruit in front of them just to attract mammals. After lunch, we had a conference to check our results after the first week. In the afternoon, we went to the launderette in Liverpool. Later, we looked around this city. It was a really hardworking day and tomorrow is our free day!!

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Yolanda Barba Gutiérrez, casthouse process engineer Avilés smelter, Spain