Hi, my name is Amanda. Please travel with me to Nova Scotia to study mammals and climate change!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Arrival in Cherry Hill

Hi everyone! I left from JFK airport this morning and arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia to meet the other members of my research team. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon, but a bit colder than in New York. We drove two hours south to a small town called Cherry Hill where we will be staying. There are 7 other women, you can check out their blogs too! Some of them are also teachers, and we all have something different to share with the group. We are all interested in the environment and learning about wild animals, even if that means getting our hands dirty! We met the scientists, Chris and Christina, who are really interesting and know a lot about the animals that live around here. They also have a dog named Lycos (which means wolf). They said we may see river otters, deer, porcupine, mink, and hare. We will learn tomorrow about how to look for signs of animals in the field. I'm excited to give you news soon!


  1. Have you seen any animals yet? (Hannah S)
    Have you seen any wildcats? (Jafi)
    Did you see any moose? (Ethan)
    Is the dog cute? (Dana)
    I'm glad you got there safely. (Dorothy)
    did you see any weasels? (Jilliene)
    Do you like your room? (Krista)
    are you going to see any flying squirrels? (Max & Miles)
    Will you go out at night and will you go into caves? (Ben)
    Have you been in the forest yet? (Malakai)
    Do you like it there? (Sami)
    Are the beds cozy? (Sam)
    If you see any skunks, will you notify me? (Jack)
    Do you like the people with you? (Dana)

  2. Wow! Thanks everyone for your comments! I will try to answer all of your questions. We saw many animals today when we took a walk in the forest along a beach, check out my new post. It's possible that we could see a bobcat, but it would be very lucky. Lycos the dog is great, and very cute! No weasels today, but we saw a mink from a distance run quickly behind a rock. I share a room with another girl from England named Claire, and yes Sam, the bed is cozy! I like it very much here and the people are great. Flying squirrels are endangered species here because their habitat (holes in dead trees) is destroyed by people who clear the land. But it is possible that we could catch one in a trap that we set out. Don't worry, they are not harmed and then are released. No caves that I know of, but if I see one, I'll definitely check it out! I hope to see a skunk, but not too closely! Chris told a story about how he got very close to one in order to take it's picture, but then it flashed his tail in warning as it followed him all the way back to the car. They know they can scare potential predators away most of the time. And I would certainly notify you if that happens :)

  3. Also, Ethan, you wanted to know if I have seen any moose. Unfortunately, there are only about 100 moose left in all of Nova Scotia. There used to be an abundance of them not too long ago. Although people hunt moose for food, people are not the reason they are endangered here. White-tailed deer arrived here as the winters got warmer and they could survive the harsh weather by eating people's lawns under the snow, for example. This wouldn't be so bad except they also carry a parasite that the deer are immune to but that moose are not. It's called brain worm and literally eats at the brain of the moose, killing it in about 4 to 6 weeks. So without knowing it, the deer killed the moose and have become much more common here than before. It seems that every change in an environment will have an effect on something!