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

Monday, March 5, 2012

While we're we all away on spring vacation, I will be packing for Nova Scotia.  I am not sure what to expect.  I know I will be doing things to measure small mammal populations, but I am not sure exactly what tasks I will be assigned in my two weeks there.  Will I get to handle animals?  Will I get to see animals like porcupines and beavers in the wild?  I will be most excited if I get to see a fisher cat.  It is possible that I will mostly be counting footprints and poop.  I really don't know.  But I do know that I'll be doing something I have never done before.  I have never been a part of scientific research. 

In the most basic ways scientists do their research just like historians:  we all start with a question; we all gather evidence; we all analyze the evidence to conclude something that helps us understand the world better.  But that's where the similarity ends.  Just exactly how and why the fields differ is what I am going to learn on my Earthwatch expedition to Nova Scotia.  It should be fun!

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