Kejimkujik means Land of Spirits in the Mi'kmaw language - these are the indigenous people of the area. We visited this national park today. It is an old growth Hemlock forest, so it supports a different group of animals then the forest we were previously working in, which was a Secondary growth forest. First we took a hike to Mills Falls, then a second hike to see the Hemlock tree forest - which look like gigantic fur trees. The forest floor was covered with moss and dead trees called Nurse Logs - these provide an area for growth of many things like lichen, moss, and trees.
After our two hikes we surveyed some deer quadrats. On the way to the area we saw two deer, but they were too quick, so I wasn't able to get any pictures. The deer quadrats were much easier then the hare ones we did last week. First we didn't have to pick up individual pieces of scat. Also we weren't crawling through brambles and only had to count the piles of the scat, so it was much easier!! Tomorrow we'll be looking at the data from our quadrats and I'll let you know what we find out.
Tomorrow we will be starting research at a new site - Cook's Lake!