Howdy Folks! I'm settling into my second day of volunteering in Nova Scotia and I've already adopted my very own Maple-Leaf Mammalian - Lycos!! Lycos means "wolf" in Greek and he's a half-Huskie, half-German Shepard mix.
He really belongs to the leaders of this research project, Dr. Christina D Buesching http://www.wildcru.org/members/member-detail/?member_id=95%20 and Dr. Chris Newman http://www.wildcru.org/members/member-detail/?member_id=37 who met the entire group of volunteers on Sunday in Halifax - the largest city in the provine of Nova Scotia - for a two-hour drive south to our home base in a little town called Cherry Hill.
The area in Nova Scotia where I'm staying is on the map between Liverpool and Lunenburg on the Southeastern coast of the peninsula.
There are seven volunteers in total. We'll be specifically focusing on how climate change affects small mammals such as voles, raccoons, deer, porcupines, coyotes, bobcats, minks, and squirrels.
Most of the volunteers are teachers and they come from all over the United States, including New York City, Chicago, and smaller cities in Minnesota and North Carolina. You can see the entire group in the photo below. We took a hike past some fishermen's cottages during our orientation on Monday:
For extra credit, please post comments! In particular, I'm looking for questions you have about Nova Scotia, the small mammals I mentioned above, and any questions you might have for our scientists: Dr. Christina D Buesching and Dr. Chris Newman.