Hello my name is Ms. Heard. Please join me as I travel to Nova Scotia to study small mammal populations!

Friday, March 30, 2012

After missing a day in the field, we headed straight out to out traps this morning.  Three of the ten traps on my line had been taken apart by raccoons.  The good news about raccoons as culprits is that they are smart enough to take the traps apart without breaking them.  The traps are expensive equipment and not easily replaced here in Nova Scotia.  So a culprit breaking the traps would be a big problem.  There is no way of knowing for sure whether the traps the raccoons got had an animal in them before the raccoon arrived, but at least one of my traps had a pile of red-vole droppings in it. So that one trap would have been a successful catch if the raccoon had not gotten there before we did.

Out of our whole group we caught one red-backed vole and one bog lemming.  The red-backed vole was not one of the two we caught on Wednesday.  How did we know that? 

The bog lemming was fun to catch because we did not expect that species.  It's a bit bigger than a red-backed vole, with a rounder face and even smaller ears.  It is also incredibly soft!

Here is a picture of the bog lemming and a picture of the bog lemming being weighed by Christina, our scientist.

1 comment:

  1. Spots Heard, the Guinea Pig, vacationing in Manhattan, objects to the idea of being weighed but will do anything for celery!