Well now it’s officially over – back to the grind tomorrow at work, and back to the real world. My flights all went fine, no Ash related problems which was pleasant, however I was unlucky enough to be sat in front of someone who coughed incessantly all the way from Montreal to Paris!! Which was … Continue reading Home Sweet Home
And so the adventure ends, today is the last day!! That's right folks, the lastest day, sad-sad times.But anyway so to discuss today... We had a debate this morning about environmentalism and what the ideas and theories actually mean to us and the rest of the earth as a being. Which was pretty deep!! Then … Continue reading Day 12: Last day in Bonnie New Scotland
Ok I know I didn't blog yesterday but we didn't really have time so in summary:Day 10: Today we went to Cooks Lake again to continue our rodent trapping and deer surveys. While we didn't catch anything in our traps we did get to walk through some pretty amazing forest, the views were amazing! We … Continue reading Day 10 & 11: Happy Earthday
After being tick free for a long time today they unleashed a force greater than we could have imagined. Today I had 8 in total though 5 were found on my salapets (ski pants to normal people). The rest were on my hoody or jacket, and it wasn't just me it was everyone poor Anne … Continue reading Day 9: Ticks strike back
The rains have arrived... today while out in the field it was officially minging! It was cold and damp and not very pleasant, kind of like being in England (ha ha). Anyway today was our first day at cooks lake-our new trapping site. It's a lot different from the last one, as there's no brambles or … Continue reading Day 8: Our luck runs out
Today we went to kejimkujik, as explained earlier-which is the national park of nova scotia-and had a bit of an explore around. First off we went to go see Mills Falls a "waterfall" which chris described as rapids, and it's much smaller than low force in teesdale, England so I think rapids covers it! Although … Continue reading Day 7: Kejim-who-jik??
Day 5: We collected in the traps today and I finally caught a little guy, my transect was nearest the road so it was slightly unexpected! So I was pleased. But Anne took a nasty fall on the rocks and was taken to hospital for 11 stitches it was a very deep hole in her … Continue reading Day 5 & 6: Tragedy strikes Halifax
Ok today's blog shall be short and yes photos are still in progress. I'm tired you know!! Anyway trap checking again today and still my transect caught none, but no captures are just as important as captures! We caught 8 in total but all were recaptures from yesterday, and the female I handled is now … Continue reading Day 4: Alvin, Simon, Theodore, doop-do doopety-do
Ok today was trap checking day and would you believe it we had 7 captures today, although 3 in the afternoon were recaptures from the morning. We caught all red backed vole one of which I handled I will include images and a video soon! After capture we had to set them in a timidity … Continue reading Day 3: Lights, Camera, Action!
Up and out at 9:00 and then off to the study site for our first trapping session. The traps we use are Longworth traps which are most commonly used for rodent trapping and were designed in longworth near Oxford, UK. I will add a picture to my albums of them. We walked a line transect … Continue reading Day 2: Trapping begins
Today we have been mostly learning about poop, or scat for the American's amongst us. The morning began with breakfast and a presentation by Christina about her current project in Wytham Woods, Oxford on Badger population and her and Chris' Identification methods and basic protocols. And then we got on to Nova Scotia, and what … Continue reading Day 1: Poop Watch
Well after last nights moderate disaster and now feeling relatively caught up with all my timezones it's time to meet the rest of the gang. I met Sue, one of the many who is on a teaching award-and so not only has to do the project research but also has to teach her school kids-last … Continue reading Meet and greet
*Home-Newcastle* (1hour) Well check in has been a success, self-service check in is quite a new fangled technology for little old me even my poor Mam seemed confused!! Anyway just waiting for my departure to pop up and then I'm off on leg one of the journey to Charles de Gaulle, Paris. And I've already … Continue reading Planes, trains and automobiles!!
Ok now the nerves are setting in! Bags weighed and measured, boots polished, wellies cleaned and sadly my favourite hat shrunken! But I've got a spare 🙂 so here it goes 1 more sleep till I arrive in Halifax, NS and then 1 more sleep till the expedition begins. It’s been a relatively short wait … Continue reading T-minus 16 hours till first flight!!
So my packing has commenced big style now!! You know when you have a moment where you realise the number of clothes you have makes absoloutly no sense.... I've just had one fo those now - I've got more t-shirts than years I've been alive and less than half the amount in trousers, which seems … Continue reading Not long now… Arghhhh Packing!!
Well, not long now - roughly 14 days(?) till i commence my first solo adventure. For those of you who don't know I am off on an expedition, through a company called Earthwatch (I've provided their link below). I'm off on their "Mammals of Nova Scotia" tour in group 2 which is exciting. I … Continue reading The Countdown Begins…