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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Scat!

Why are we picking up the Snowshoe Hare scat?
What can the amount of scat tell us about the population?
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9 comments:

  1. I think you are picking up the Snowshoe Hare scat to determine their population. From the amount of the Snowshoe Hare scat you can get an idea of its population. If one year you were to pick up 10 pieces of scat and the next year you only found 5, you would figure that the population is decreasing.
    -Rachel

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  2. Hello!
    I agree with what Rachel said on how to help determine the population of Snowshoe Hares. Also you are using the direct observation to figure out how many hares are living in that area maybe so then maybe you can mark the hares like you did with the mice and voles. Are you going to do something furthermore to the hares? Or are you going to try finding scat from different animals and then compare?
    -Ella

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  3. scat can tell you about what animals eat and drink, and how many of them there are.
    -siena, b-block science

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  4. Ms. Davis-
    I think that the amount of poop can help you conclude the Snowshoe Hare's population. The amount gives you an idea of it. It depends on how much poop you found. If you only found 1 piece, then you might conclude that their population isn't very high.
    ~Shelby

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  5. You are picking the Snowshoe Hare scat to figure out the population, using an estimate from the amount of scat you find after multiple trips.You might be able to figure out the hare's diet from the scat. (ie: if you find nuts or berries in them). Also, you can figure out the most populated spots where the hares are. If you found two pieces in one area, and five pieces thirty feet away, then you know where most of the hares would like to live. That area will also have more of a population than the other area.

    -Holly

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  6. I think you are picking up the scat because it can help you estimate the right amount of hares in that area. Depending on how much scat you find, you can find out the amount of hares have decreased and increased.
    -Finn

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  7. I think that if you know that each hare poops to times a day and you find 4 pieces of fresh scat you will be able to guess its population.
    Miss you, Ainsley

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  8. Hi Ms. Davis,

    I think you're probably looking at scat to estimate the population of the hares (like how we learned in class). It is a kind of indirect observation. You might also be able to see how healthy the hares are (like if they have any diseases) from the scat if you wanted. If there is a lot of scat (more than one could possibly make), then you know there are multiple hares in the area. You can also see how much they eat, and estimate the change in population of whatever hares eat (berries?) by seeing what is in the scat. For example, if you counted six berry bushes per sq. meter and there were two pieces of scat with berry traces one year, and then there the next year there were seven pieces of scat with berry traces, the berry bush population probably shrunk from all the hares eating them.

    Angela

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  9. You might be looking at Snowshoe Hare scat because maybe they are the predators of the mice and voles that you are trying to catch. Or maybe you want to calculate the amount of scat that the Hares produce so that you can calculate the population density of the hares. If you find a lot of scat that means that there are healthy and happy Hares and there are a lot of them in the area.

    Stay warm! ~Georgia

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