Day 9 (Tuesday) Traps and Field Clearing Again
Today we checked our traps set yesterday. Everything is wet from last night's rain. We were pretty successful and had several species of voles and mice. Click on the video above to see a release of one of our voles. We also had a few more dead voles in our traps. We tried to resuscitate two of them (without much luck) by warming them in our hands. Parasites can be a problem for voles with weakened immune systems during this stressful time of their lives. We also caught many pregnant females who were close to giving birth.
From there we continued our work clearing the fields. This clearing is to support the diversity of the wildlife at Cook's Lake. It's chilly but we're sweating like crazy. It's really difficult (physically and emotionally) to cut down trees but we know it's for the greater good. Here's Pascal (from Switzerland) showing how it's done.
We are working so hard! Here's Amber after felling a huge tree. Team A rocks!
Here I am doing my part:
Tonight we went beaver-watching again. We were lucky this time. One actually swam right up to us near shore and slapped his tail on the water to scare us away. It was a great ending to an awesome day!Here's your journal entry for today. Look at the labels on all the clothes you're wearing right now (at least those that you can see easily!). In your journal, list the countries from which they come. (For example: shirt=China) We'll do more with this tomorrow.
Miss you all!
Love, Ms. Bosetti