I had fun skyping with the 7th grade today. If you have more questions, you can comment here and I'll try to answer them (or I will get one of the scientists to answer them).
I learned another cool poop fact from this evening's lecture: rodents have stomachs that can only process some of the nutrients in their food. So what they do is eat the food, process it partially, poop it out, (this is not really poop. It is called cecum, and it still has nutritional value) eat that poop, process it again and then finally poop it out as real poop. So if rodent poop looks green, then it is probably cecum. If it looks black, it is probably just poop. Isn't it weird how animals' bodies work so differently from ours?
Since I was left at home to do the skyping, I did not do any field work today. Insetead researched some information for the scientists. So no fun photos to post today. My team returned to report that the traps held only one red-backed vole and one mouse. The counts are supposed to be low at this time of year, but this year they are even lower due to the low temperatures this week and last week.
Tomorrow will be my last day out with the traps and counting deer droppings. I hope we catch some more animals or some new species. Thursday morning I'll skype with the rest of you, while the team collects the traps for the last time, and then Thursday afternoon and Friday we have some different activities. If all goes well, I should get to see some larger animals. Stay tuned to see if that happens...