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Monday, April 19, 2010


Wow - fantastic job on the Halifax Explosion question!!! It was actually the largest man-made explosion prior to Hiroshima!

Today was really, really cold and rainy! We went to our new location at Cook's Lake. This area is owned by Dr. Buesching's family. It is used as a research site and animal sanctuary. Today the high temperature was 8"C (37ºF) with wind at 48 km/hour (30 mi/hr)and we also had rain! However, we still had to be out in the field! We even had to wear our Wellies today (rain boots)!

Today we put out new traps in two areas. One was an open field to trap for Short-Tailed Shrews who are insectivores. The other area was in a hard-wood brush area to trap for Jumping Mice (they look like small Kangaroo Rats).

Dr. Buesching and Dr. Newman are Conservation Biologists. They work on finding solutions for wildlife conservation in various areas. They try to work with the community to raise awareness of what is happening and come up with solutions that the community can benefit from.

Challenge: What issues could Conservation Biologists help with in Arizona?


At April 20, 2010 at 9:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel that conservation biologists should work on having more personal space for the animals. right now they have a law where you are not allowed to remove a catus with out permission of the city and i think they should keep that law in place, because if they remove them a lot of animals will lose their home.

At April 20, 2010 at 3:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, are there any Mi'kmaw (indiginous people)anymore? What do/did they look like? MO

At April 20, 2010 at 5:58 PM , Blogger sue cullumber said...

Olivia - good job. There is a lot of construction in Arizona due to new houses and roads. Conservation biologists have to make sure that these areas will not harm the animals and what is least destructive to the habitat.

Mari - yes the Mi'kmaw still are in Nova Scotia.

At April 21, 2010 at 8:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think they should do their best to keep state parks open so people don't build over them. I also think they should attend to the endangered species including the mexican grey wolf in arizona. -RL

At April 21, 2010 at 11:09 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Issues that conservation biologists could deal with in Arizona are with invasive and overpopulated species. Overpopulated moose, invasive plants. They could help find out how to control that.



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