Things are going well. We are back in the field to check our traps and
(yippee!) we have found a chipmunk in the second set of traps in the forest. Then back to our meeting point where we then set out to do a survey
in a different area, collecting samples on what type of mammals are in
the forest. We come up with a deer per hectare, and some hares as
well. Then some lunch before heading back to the roadside to collect some
material for building a boardwalk to keep people from sinking knee-deep in the muddy tracks. Then back to check our traps in the afternoon. This time we find some shrews and another chipmunk, but to the surprise of
our two research leaders, no mice yet. This might be due to the
weather having been a little more damp than other years. We have been told that
last year they were in a drought. Hopefully we will have some more insight by the end of our research. Now after our evening meal there will be a meeting about ecology, and
maybe a bat walk and study, weather permitting. The weather is quite
fine, so off we go to the local church which is about half a kilometer
away so we can hear them. 1 comment
Hi Paul,great to see fellow alcoans tackling climate change issues. Do feral animals threaten the survival of mammals in Nova Scotia as they have in Australia,with many species now extinct?
Jason Davie | Posted Fri 10 Jul 2009 9:45AM
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Paul Smelter, maintenance technician Pt Henry smelter, Victoria, Australia