Monday, April 13, 2009

Coastal HIke

Hello boys and girls!

I hope that you all have been keeping up with my blog over the weekend. I know that some of you have because I have had some of you leave me some comments. Today (Monday) was actually the first day of our expedition. The scientists taught us this morning about some of the different animals we would be seeing while we were here. They showed us pictures of the animals and told us some facts about each one. What animals do you think I might see while I am here? I would like you to post some comments with some different ideas about what kinds of mammals I might see.

This afternoon the scientists took us on a three hour nature hike along the southern coast of Nova Scotia. We walked about 5 or 6 miles today right along the ocean. Today was the first time that I have ever seen the Atlantic Ocean. The weather was crazy! First it was sleeting, then snowing, and then the sun was shining! The weather changed on us every ten minutes. It was unlike any place I have ever been. On our hike, we went looking for animal droppings and animal tracks. What are animal droppings? Why do you think the scientists wanted us to look for droppings and tracks? I would like you to post some comments and answer these questions.

I have also posted some pictures that I want you to take a look at. The first picture is of the scientists dog, Lycos. The other pictures are for you to look at and make posts to answer this question: What mammal do you think made this track in the mud? What mammal did damage to the bark on this tree?

From now on when I post questions in my blog, I would like for you to post a few comments and try to answer my questions. I'll try and respond to them everyday. Matthew, I have not seen any mammals yet, however, I hope to tomorrow (Tuesday) because we will be going to our actual research site at Cook's Lake. Hopefully I will have some pictures of some of the mammals I see tomorrow!


At April 14, 2009 at 9:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds kind of like northern Minnesota weather, changing so quickly!! Enjoy reading and seeing your pictures. How far do you have to walk to your actual research site? Sounds like you are getting your exercise!! Take care, Jo (mother-in-law)

At April 14, 2009 at 12:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Mrs. Quam!
We are so excited to hear from you. Here are our answers to your questions:
1. We think you will see deer, a bobcat, a raccoon, and a beaver.
2. makayla said the droppings tell us what animals have been in the area.
3. The track , we think is a deer. The missing bark from the tree is a beaver.
Let us know if we're right!
We love you!

At April 14, 2009 at 3:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you are doing well! I love the pictures and the updates. What kinds of mammals are you seeing?


At April 14, 2009 at 9:28 PM , Blogger Mrs. Quam said...

Hi Mrs. Burkhardt! I am so happy to hear from you! We are having a great time but it is very hard being away, especially when we haven't seen any mammals yet! I hope everything is going well back home! Can't wait to see you when I get back and show you all of my cool pictures! Thanks for checking up on me!

At April 15, 2009 at 8:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like a deer track and a beaver ate the tree


At April 15, 2009 at 10:05 PM , Blogger Mrs. Quam said...

Ali-You are correct, the track is from a deer, however, that damage to the tree has been caused by a porcupine. They like to climb high in the trees and eat the bark.


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