Friday, March 30, 2012

Two Small Mammals Today!

Hey class!

Today was awesome.  We caught two small mammals...a redbacked vole and a bog lemming.  They were pretty cool.  After we catch them, we have to weigh them, so we know whether or not they are healthy.

Check out the pictures!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Snow Day!

We had a real, life snow day today!  "Flurries" last night ended up being about two inches of snow on the ground this morning.  Not too much on the coast, but apparently inland (where we are doing research), there is plenty of snow and we wouldn't be able to find our traps!

I already miss being outside, but a snow day with the other teachers is great!  Check out the pictures!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Coldest Day EVER

It snowed and was about 23 degrees today!  WHOOOOAAAA.  And we had an incredibly busy day outside.  First we checked out the area we are studying, Cook's Lake.  We had to collect hay from a hillside to put into the small mammal traps.

Extra Credit:  Why would we want to put hay into the small mammal traps?  What would "hay" do for the animals?  Think about our HEAT unit.

We had to put these traps throughout the woods.  The other teachers and I put out over 100!  Tomorrow we go back and look at the traps to see if any small mammals were captured.

This is a small mammal trap!

Monday, March 26, 2012

1st Full Day-March 26th

Hey Metro!

Hope you all are enjoying your Spring Break.  Today was my first full day here in Cherry Hill, Nova Scotia.  I am here with two Scientists, 6 other teachers from all over the United States, and one really great lady from Washington D.C.!

We are all staying in an old green house pretty close to the Ocean.  We took a 4 mile hike today, and it started snowing at the end of it.  No, really.  Snow.  A lot different from Bayview, San Francisco!

Our goal here is to study the effects of Climate Change on small mammals in Nova Scotia.  These mammals include raccoons, deer, porcupines, coyotes, bobcats, minks, and squirrels, among other animals.  On our walk we studied their droppings, and used those droppings to identify what type of animals they were.  We could tell by what they "left behind", that some ate rabbits (the carnivores), while others mostly had a garden diet.

The hike was awesome, and had ocean views the entire time.

Anyway, I can't wait to learn more here so I can teach you all!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Kenta Ferrin off to Nova Scotia!

Hello students, teachers, and anyone else reading this blog!

I am off to Nova Scotia from March 25th-April 7th to research that Global Warming has had on this Canadian Island.

I'm incredibly excited about this adventure, nervous about the cold, and stoked to meet people from all over the country.


Mr. Kenta Ferrin