Claire Doe | Friday, February 07, 2014
“Wonderful Nova Scotia”
My two weeks in Nova Scotia were unforgettable. PI's Chris and Christina looked after us wonderfully in the Fisherman's-style cottages at Cherry Hill.
We spent most of our time at the research area, Cook's Lake Reserve, setting small mammal traps in various habitat types as well as setting camera traps, carrying out GPS mapping and field sign transects. On two occasions whilst the men constructed a board walk the ladies did some impressive path clearing!
As well as the data collection we were treated to a fabulous coastal walk on our first day and during the fortnight visited Kejimkujik National Park and Thomas Radall Provincial Park where we tested out our newly acquired field skills.
The scenery and coastal areas were stunning and it was wonderful to be given the opportunity to enjoy it accompanied by two very knowledgeable, and fun, guides.
Other activities included a recreational day in Lunenburg which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an evening spotting beavers and a BBQ.
Most evenings, after a delicious meal cooked by Chris, we would have a lecture and then an early night. Although one night we did go out bat detecting.
This was an impressively organised project filled with a great variety of interesting activities. I had a fabulous time, learnt a lot and saw a lot. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this project to anyone.