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Monday, April 20, 2009

Tuesday's Inquiry

Wolf, Eastern Coyote, Coyote...
1) Using a tree map and start to find out information about each of the animals. There will be more similarties than differences, but there are a few things different (namely how they hunt and what they eat).

2) Coyotes traditionally lived in flat areas before coming to Nova Scotia, but now live in the woods of Nova Scotia, how would they have to adapt in order to survive in their new habitat? (Your thoughts as well as research are welcome here.)

BONUS) What is the Eastern Coyote and how/why was the species "created"?

Eastern Coyote



(I did not personally take these pictures, we have only seen droppings, no actual animals mentioned in this entry! I wanted you to be able to see what each looks like!)


At April 21, 2009 at 11:12 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Were are you looking when you look for coyotes and wolves? -Katie

At April 21, 2009 at 11:20 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mss Beeman, I have noticed that the coyote is a little lighter
then the wolf.


- Katie H.

At April 21, 2009 at 11:21 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Martin wants to know, does the Eastern Coyote, Coyote, and wolf eat the same thing?

At April 21, 2009 at 12:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miss Beeman,

We have decided that when coyotes moved into Nova Scotia they probably had to make some physical and behavioral adaptations. We thought that perhaps their coat colors would need to change so the could hide from their prey. We also thought that they would have to eat somethings that may have been new to them.

We will research more about coyotes and wolves later today and may have more answers for you.

We do have two inquiries for you...

What about coyotes are the scientists most interested in learning about?

How did the coyotes get to Nova Scotia? What made them move to that area?

Mrs. Patel's class

At April 21, 2009 at 2:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Miss Beeman! We read your blog today, but did not discuss it (as discussed yesterday). However, we have several questions that we'd like to ask concerning the beavers.
1.)Why do the muskrats have a scaly tail? We really couldn't come up with a satisfying answer.
2.) We knew that the beaver's teeth keep growing through out it's life. Are there any other animals that have that adaptation?
3) Random question. Are voles and moles similar?

We are going to discuss and research the wolf/coyote posting tomorrow and will be ready to pepper you with questions!

Miss Beeman's Class

At April 21, 2009 at 4:45 PM , Blogger Miss Beeman said...

The coyote does seem a little lighter, but that is not one of the key differences... We are looking for them anywhere we go, but is unlikely we will see them. We do however, see a lot of their scat!

At April 21, 2009 at 4:46 PM , Blogger Miss Beeman said...

Dear Martin,
That is your job to find out! Please inquire and let me know what you find!
-Miss Beeman

At April 21, 2009 at 10:17 PM , Blogger Miss Beeman said...

Dear Mrs. Patel's Class,
The scientists are most interested in learning about what the eastern coyote is eating. Because the eastern coyote came about 70 years ago and the deer about 100, they are wanting to see if the eastern coyote is impacting the deer population. If the eastern coyote is eating deer, it helps control the deer. If the eastern coyote is eating hares, the deer's population is going to grow too quickly and it could cause problems!

The coyote and the wolf migrated to Quebec and then the eastern coyote moved to Nova Scotia can you figure out what happened and why they came?

-Miss Beeman

At April 21, 2009 at 10:20 PM , Blogger Miss Beeman said...

Dear Ms. Beeman's class,
1. The scaly tail is to help it stay clean when patting the mud to make it's home. If it were hairy like the rest of it, then it would get very dirty and matted. It also helps make a loud warning sounds when the beaver hits the water to signal danger.

2. I am not sure about the teeth, I'll get back to you on that one!

3. Yes, mice and voles are similar, but have a fair amount of differences too. We can talk more about this one when I get home.
Miss Beeman

At April 22, 2009 at 12:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miss Beeman-
Do the eastern coyotes have any predators? We are wondering how many coyotes there are in Nova Scotia. Are they endangered?

Did they coyotes have to adapt their hunting behavior because they live by the trees?

We watched a video about the wolves instincts to look for food. Have you observed any of this behavior? Have you seen any predators eating their prey?

Mr. deNeui's class

At April 22, 2009 at 7:26 PM , Blogger Miss Beeman said...

Dear Mr. deNeui's Class,
The eastern coyotes do not have any predators, except maybe humans. There are about 20,000 in Nova Scotia but there is no exact count, however, they are not endangered.

We have not seen any predators eating their prey (which is ok, because I would get a little nervous), the instinct we have seen would be in voles, mice and chipmunks.

We will talk about their adaptations tomorrow when we Skype.

Miss Beeman


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