Started the mammals camp program with a nice display of specimens of native and naturalized animals found in our park. Picutred here are Eastern Coyote, Red and Gray foxes, Fawn (white tail deer) Meadow vole, shrew, chipmonk, white footed mouse, deer mouse, mole, brown bat and more.
Below: Kids check their sherman traps set the day before. As part of their camp experience the participants are given the opprotunity to capture live mammals- typically a variety of small rodents.
Below: We have a successful capture!! A sherman trap is carefully inspected for its contents.
The next step is to transfer the rodent into a pillow case so that it can be carefully manipulated for observation.
The best method is to grab the animal from the back just behind he neck and head but in such a manner as to not cause more stress to the animal. This trap produced a white footed mouse.