Friday, March 17, 2006

Friday, March 17

Jean-Michel (a French-Canadian student who is obsessed with twitching and Midnight Oil) has predicted that this will be the last weekend of winter. The sun has been shining, the snow has been melting, and I've glimpsed the footpath for the first time. There's gravel down there. Now the ground will get slushy and the snow will get dirty. As the temperature drops below freezing in the evenings, all the water will turn to ice and become very slippery to walk on.

Henrik is going north for the next week, and doing some field work with others. They'll be looking for fresh carcasses. (I think he means deer... maybe moose.) When they find one they plonk themselves down at a distance and watch who comes to feed. Lynx or wolverines, most likely. Then they track them on skis or on foot. The lynx and wolverines are radio-collared, and three months later they're able to link their observational data with GPS locations of the animals. Not the lynx, the scientists do the data-linking.


Anonymous Lynda said...

I think this is too complicated for me..not like being chased by wolverines or anything, but daunting nevertheless :-)

6:01 pm  

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