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July 8, 2009: Barbecue

In_the_field Yesterday, I talked about the impact of climate change from a general point of view, and today we have seen in the field how the weather plays an important role in the types of mammals inside one area. Today we checked our traps again and we found several chipmunks, voles and one lonely mouse! In previous Earthwatch expeditions, mice were common, while chipmunks were difficult to trap. Now, the current situation is completely different. We have trapped only one mouse up to now and at least 8 chipmunks. Before lunch, we also searched for transect signals in the field, especiallyYolanda_and_Paul deer droppings. Later, we cleared the path as in previous days and checked our traps again before dinner. Then we all got together for a barbecue where we shared our previous experiences sitting around the fire. It is very special to have this experience in a pristine natural environment, in the forest and close to an incredible lake.

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Yolanda Barba Gutiérrez, casthouse process engineer Avilés smelter, Spain