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July 2, 2009: Experts at scatology

Mouse_or_vole? On this day we do the same thing as yesterday, but with much more knowledge as we have to check our traps again in both the morning and afternoon with about the same results: about five to six voles but still no mice, which is strange according Christina. We also capture a couple of chipmunks, with one escaping first thing before we could check if it is a recapture or a new. There's a good chance we will trap it again, as there are a few traps in both the clearing and the forest areas with a total of one hundred -- fifty in each area. We also have set up our surveillance cameras in four spots with three members per team placing cameras about four feet off the ground on a slight angle towards the ground, hoping to photographa bear or coyote. Then on the way home we stop at a pond area for some beaver watching. We spot a family that have been living there for about four years now. We also spot a muskrat swimming in the same area. With the fog coming in quickly, we sit down for about an hour watching the beavers leave their home to gather sticks for their dam, which is rather big now. After that back to the houses for tea at 9PM. Doctor Chris Newman gave us a presentation on climate change, which was a very interesting talk but very late after a long day in the field. Cheers -- that's all for now.

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Paul Smelter, maintenance technician Pt Henry smelter, Victoria, Australia