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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Beavers and Ticks

Today was warmer than yesterday and so way more ticks. Dr. Buesching states that this is the most ticks she has ever seen. In fact they weren't even in this area 8 years ago, but because of a big influx of deer so came the ticks. The ones we are finding are called Wood Ticks and don't carry disease. The really bad ones are the size of a pencil tip and carry Lyme Disease - luckily have not had any of these. I must have pulled off more than 30 today!

We haven't seen many live animals, except the ones that we have been trapping. We've seen lots of signs of animals and know that they are in the area, but it is very difficult to view them. We are going tonight to try to see the beaver. We have to go at night because they are most active at dusk and come out of their dens.

Challenge: What are some reasons why we haven't seen many animals? What is celelbrated on Thursday?

Sorry this is so short - very busy day and am off to see the Beavers. Tomorrow I'll be Skyping with you.

Beaver watching was very cool. Saw three beavers and they swam right in front of us. I'll have more on it tomorrow.


At April 22, 2010 at 8:39 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reason 1: Because they're possibly afraid of you?

Reason 2: Because they're tired and they want to get an early night in?

Reason 3: Because they can?

Earth Day is celebrated today. Thursday is usually celebrated as 'Happy Late Hump Day', for Wednesday is considered 'Hump Day' as it is the middle of the week.

Julian & Tyler

At April 22, 2010 at 10:08 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A reason to why animals in the area may not have been spotted is that it is still early in the season of spring and it is a possibility that some animals are hibernating still. Also, some of the animals could be wary of humans and try to remain hidden. By the way, happy Earth Day!



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