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July 9, 2009: Survival skills

Building_a_fire  Protection, acquisition, navigation and location are the four keys to survive if you are lost, according to our "Survival Skills" class. I really enjoyed learning to build a fire or prepare natural traps for capturing animals. Generally speaking, today was a wonderful day. In the morning, we checked our traps and we had a very nice surprise when we trapped three jumping mice among other mammals!! This kind of mouse is one of the most difficult to trap and we have trapped three in one morning, so you can imagine the jubilation not only from us but also from our research leaders. We Sunny_beach also picked our camera traps up after two weeks in the field to analyze the animals which had prowled around the area. It was exciting to watch raccoons and deer directly in front of our lens. In the afternoon, we could go to the beach!! After having a practical class about survival skills in the field, we walked along the beach on a very sunny day. Today, we have said goodbye to Cook´s Lake. It is sad, our Earthwatch adventure is close to the finish.


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Yolanda Barba Gutiérrez, casthouse process engineer Avilés smelter, Spain