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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Monday's Inquiry

We covered a lot of information last week! I am going to list a few things for you to inquire about, if you have already done one (or more) of them, go on to the next item!

1) Discuss differences and similarities between beavers and muskrats, answer the questions from the beaver/muskrat post, and see if you can figure out which one is a beaver and which is a muskrat (and why). (To be discussed during short Skype sessions on Monday.)

2) Look at my postings from "Catching Up" and "Halifax/Kejimkujik" come up with any inquiries you have about my pictures.

3) Start thinking about wolves and coyotes... use a thinking map to describe each of them and see what you know. We will discuss these animals in Tuesday's blog.

4) Write down any other general inquiries.

Miss Beeman


At April 20, 2009 at 12:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where do you do research? What do you use to do research?


At April 20, 2009 at 2:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ms. Beeman-

We know you are studying and learning about the animals by looking at their scat. But why do you need to collect and keep it all? What is the most common scat that you found? Is it the snowshoe hare? Is there lots of different kinds of food in the scat or is it just one certain kind?

Where did you see the deer? Were they video taped with the mounted camera? After seeing the deer, we noticed that they did not have antlers. Is there a way to tell which ones are female and male?

-Mr. deNeui's class

At April 20, 2009 at 8:58 PM , Blogger Miss Beeman said...

Dear Mr. deNeui's Class,
Thank you for your wonderful inquiries! I will answer them the best I can...

* We continue to collect and observe scat so that we can gather data (information) from Cook's Lake and compare it to East Port Medway. It also tells us which animals are where and if they are healthy.

* The most common scat so far has been snowshoe hare, it might be deer after this week though! I will let you know.

* The food depends on the animal... the hare, deer, and porcupine eat high fiber diets (plants) so their scat looks similar. The coyote eats hares and deer therefore their scat has hair from the animals.

* We have seen deer when we were driving, and the pictures were from the National Park.

* The video is from Mr. Wingall, he was holding the camera.

* Antlers only grow on male deer, so the ones we saw are likely female... the only thing that would be hard to tell is if they male had just shed their antlers, from far away it might be hard to tell!

Let me know if you have more questions!
Miss Beeman


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