The responses to my questions yesterday were pretty much right on. A quadrat is a 10m x 10m area. The deer don't like the old growth forests because the greens they want are too far up, and the trees are so tall and dense that there is no understory for them to eat. Well done! Today we set out for Cook's Lake. The area we are in is a plot of Crown Land. That is land that was given to settlers by the Crown of England to homestead much like we had in the US. The Cooks settled in 1720 and the lake although shared by several families was named for them. Christina's parents purchased the land several years ago, and now she and Chris manage it and do their data gathering on it. We set our first fifty traps in the grassland, but we left them closed. We are hoping to trap short tailed shrews. Shrews are insectivores and need to eat almost constantly to keep their bodies warm. We will only trap them during
the day when we can check them in an hour or two. These shrews are larger than the shrews we would have seen in East Port Medway, so the shrew escape hole wouldn't do them any good. The other traps were placed in the hardwood brush. We hope to trap voles, jumping mice, and maybe a flying squirrel! We wore our Wellies today and it was a good thing. Yesterday it rained and there was a lot of flooding on parts of the path. We even got some rain while we were out working, so I slipped on my waterproof pants as well. I stayed nice and toasty while we were out. You can hear the wind blowing on the video I posted. Christina told us that when the paths are flooded it creates little ponds that are needed for amphibians to lay their eggs. So, eventually they hope to build little boardwalks over those areas like the one we are walking on. The other picture is of frog eggs. She said that there hasn't been as much rain this year, so these eggs will probably not make it. The jelly like substance around them will protect them from some dry days, but the water is almost gone. We also had the chance to look at the skull of a cow and a deer. I didn't know the difference between antlers and horns do you? See if you can find out and I'll post the answer. Christina thinks that the cow skull has been on the property for at least 50 years. Even she was surprised at how it had not decomposed. The deer was another story. There was plenty of deer hair and other parts of the skull to show that this deer had probably been killed recently by a coyote or a pack of coyotes. On our walk through a small part of the property we saw a few different areas with evidence of beavers, and we saw a pair of loons in the lake. On our trip back we saw a bald eagle flying. Hopefully we'll have a good day of trapping tomorrow. Thanks everyone for your concern about my leg. It is doing fine. I hardly even notice that something is wrong. Everyone on the team was very helpful and concerned when it happened so I am well taken care of!