Hi! My name is Ms. LeSage, and I am a 4th grade teacher at the Marymount School of New York. Join me as I discover the wildlife trails of the American West!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Halfway there!

I think my body is really starting to adjust to this extensive hiking through deep snow, as today seemed to fly right by! Our lead scientist was confident that all of the team members could navigate the mountain effectively using a GPS, so he paired us up, gave us several data sheets to complete, and sent us off! I felt like a true explorer!

I was not lucky enough to see any new wildlife during today’s adventures, but I did hear a coyote gathering and it was unlike anything I’d ever heard before. I also discovered some fresh tracks that provided evidence of mammals nearby. Rather than tell you what those tracks were, I thought it would be fun to let you try and guess them. You may comment on this post with your guesses, and I will reveal the correct answers in my blog tomorrow. Good luck!


Track #1















  Track #2     
            


Track #3




























40 Comments:

At January 28, 2010 at 7:25 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ms Zammarano Class IV -1
Here we are in class ready to blog again! Thank you for responding to our postings yesterday. I think the tracks are of .....
:)

 
At January 28, 2010 at 7:32 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chrissy IV-1
Hi Ms. LeSage! Thanks for responding to our questions and comments. I think that track number 1 are deer tracks, because you can kind of see hoofs. Track number 2 looks like it could be a brown or black bear, and I am not so sure about track number 3. It could be a bunny. . . maybe a smaller animal.
Can't wait to Skype tomorrow!
:)

 
At January 28, 2010 at 7:38 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ms. LeSage,
Hi! I think track #1 is of some kind of small animal such as a bird or some other small two-legged animal. It might also be some kind of deer or fawn. #2 I think is a bear or maybe even a dog. Well, track #3 is tough. You told us that it is easy to tell a squirrel track from any other because there tail leaves a trail behind them, so I think it is a squirrel.

Best Wishes,
Nina C. IV-A Section 1

 
At January 28, 2010 at 7:38 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alexa F iv -B
Hi Miss.LeSage I have the answer to the tracks
#1 Is a rabbit, #2 is a bear and #3 is a deer.
I hope that the rest of your time in Utah is great.

 
At January 28, 2010 at 7:39 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ena class Iv-1
Hi Miss Le Sage,
Are you having fun?
I think I know what number 1 is. It is either a deer or a fox. Number 2 might be a coyote, and number 3 might be a squirrel. I hope you have a wonderful trip!(:

 
At January 28, 2010 at 7:40 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Miss LeSage,
I think that track #1 is a deer track, track #2 might be a bear track, and track #3 might be a squirrel track.
Emma IV-1

 
At January 28, 2010 at 7:41 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Annabella IV-1
Hi Ms LeSage
I think that picture number 3 is a squirrel track because you told us that squirrels leave a little line behind them. I think that picture number 2 is a bear track because it looks like there is little nails at the end of the skin part. I don't really have an idea of number 1 but maybe it is a dear track.

 
At January 28, 2010 at 7:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ms. LeSage,
I think track #1 is deer tracks and track #2 is bear tracks. Hope your having the best time in Utah!!!
from
Sophia IV-1

 
At January 28, 2010 at 7:43 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Olivia D. Class IV -B
Hi Ms. Le Sage I am not sure with all of them but this is what I think. I think number one may be deer tracks. Number two may be coyote tracks or bear tracks and number 3 be may be squirrel.

 
At January 28, 2010 at 7:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Caroline IV-I Hi Ms.Lesage I think track #1 is a deer and track #2 is a bobcat or a coyote and track #3 is a mule deer.

P.S good lucky hiking!!

 
At January 28, 2010 at 7:46 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brianna 4-IV-1
Hi Miss LeSage! I think I have the answers to the pictures of the tracks but I'm not to confident about this. I think picture #1 is a rabbit track, I think picture # 2 is coyote track or a bear track and I think picture #3 is a deer track.

 
At January 28, 2010 at 7:55 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alexa J 4-B
Hi Ms.Lesage how are u? Are you cold? I miss u and hope your o.k!

 
At January 28, 2010 at 8:49 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms. LeSage,

These photos are amazing! Class IV is really enjoying reading your daily blog and viewing all of your pictures. We feel like we are right there with you!
Is Track #2 a bear's foot print? It looks like you can make out 5 distinct toes?
Thank you for sharing all of this new knowledge with us. We look forward to our Skype session tomorrow and learning even more about ungulates!
Mrs. Sabo

 
At January 28, 2010 at 8:56 AM , Anonymous Martha E said...

Hi Kelly,
Thanks for the skype conversation with the Upper School students. OK, your quiz is a bit challenging. The only thing I know for sure is that #2 is NOT an ungulate track. I'm guessing it is a bobcat. I have no clue re. #1. For #3, the space between the pairs of marks in the snow is mystifying, but maybe the photo is deceiving. My guess is some tall ungulate, but an agile one. So, some sort of deer?
Looking forward to learning how far off I am.

 
At January 28, 2010 at 10:22 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms.LeSage

I miss you a lot. Have you seen any interesting wildlife recently?
If so, what have you seen?
Back here in the city, it was snowing, but the snow was really light.

Stay warm!
-Zoe IV B

 
At January 28, 2010 at 12:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ms Zammarano Class IV - 2
Here I am with the last Class IV section, ready to blog away.... :)

 
At January 28, 2010 at 12:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melanie S class iv section-2
Hi ms LeSage,
I think the first track is an ungulate the second one is a coyote and the third is a squirrel
I was wondering what other types of animals they keep in the reserve? So far have you seen any other animals other than ungulate or squirrels?

 
At January 28, 2010 at 12:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ms. LeSage,
I hope you are having a wonderful time in Utah. I am having fun with our new project in Social Studies. As for your questions, I think track #1 is a deer track, track #2 a bear track,but I am not sure about track #3.
I have a riddle for you Ms.LeSage. What gets more wet as it dries?
Sincerely,
Emily IV-2

 
At January 28, 2010 at 12:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms.LeSage

I think track #1 is a deer. I think track #2 is a bear and I'm not sure what track #3 is. When I get cold I wear a few pairs of socks you should too.

Melanie C IV-2

 
At January 28, 2010 at 12:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Francesca class IV group 2

Hi Ms. LeSage!

I think that the first track is a deer track, the second track is a bear track. But I am not so sure about the third track.
What are the names of the mountains that you have climbed?
Are you tired of all of the hiking that you are doing or are you starting to get the hang of it?
Do your legs ache?

I hope you are having fun in Utah!

 
At January 28, 2010 at 12:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zoe IV group 2

Hi Ms.LeSage!

I think that track #1 is a coyote track, and I'm positive that track #2 is a bear track, and I think that track #3 is a deer or elk track.
What is your favorite thing about Utah?

See you soon!

 
At January 28, 2010 at 12:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ann Marie B. Class IVA-2
How are you doing Ms. LeSage? I am going to take guess on whose footprints are whose. I think that Track #2 was a wolf or a coyote, but I don't know about Tracks #1 and #3.
Also, when I need to stay warm in very cold weather, I usually wear a hat, a soft and cozy scarf, and mittens or gloves. I recommend you do too.
I can't wait to Skype with you tomorrow!

 
At January 28, 2010 at 12:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms. LeSage
How are you doing? I can't wait to Skype with you again. I think track 1 is a deer though I don't know which kind. I think track 2 is a coyote or a wolf or bear. Track 3, I think is also a deer.

Charlotte S. IV-2

 
At January 28, 2010 at 12:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Miss LeSage
I think that the the animal tracks in the first picture are maybe bobcat footprints.
I think that the animal tracks in the 2 picture are coyote footprints
and i think that the 3 picture is bear tracks.
from Reilly

 
At January 28, 2010 at 12:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alex IV-2

Ms. LeSage I miss you so much I hope you are having a wonderful time in Utah. We are having a great time but we all miss you. I think the picture number #3 is a animal walking in the deep snow and picture number #1 is someone snowboarding and picture number #2 looks like a paw in the snow I can not wait to see you again on Monday

Sincerely,
Alex IV-2

 
At January 28, 2010 at 12:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Olivia IV-A Section 2

I think that the first track (track 1) is a deer and I think that the second track (track two) is a bear and I am not so sure about the third track.

Here are some tips for you :)

Ware lots of warm comfy cloths and I hope you will enjoy Utah!
Everyone misses you! See you on Monday.

Anyways were is Marley?

 
At January 28, 2010 at 12:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi miss.LeSage!
this is Charlotte A. from class iv.
Have you seen any interesting animals yet?
I think I know what those animal tracks are.
#1. Deer
#2. Bear
#3. Moose
let's find out!

 
At January 28, 2010 at 12:37 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms LeSage!
It's Teddy, I am so happy to hear that you heard a coyote gathering! That is so cool! I think that the tracks are moose, coyote and mule deer. I hope that your having fun!

Sincerely , Teddy :)

 
At January 28, 2010 at 12:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Julianna class iv -2
Hi Miss LeSage ! i was going to answer your post of the foot prints i think track 1 i am not sure of, track 2 is a coyote or a wolf, track 3 is a deer. Have fun there! :)

 
At January 28, 2010 at 5:08 PM , Blogger Kelly LeSage said...

Dear Class IV Sections 1 and 2,

I am SO impressed with your guesses on the animal tracks, and I am happy to report that many of you were correct!

#1 was a coyote. Congratulations to Zoe and Ann Marie for guessing correctly.

#2 was a bobcat. Congratulations to Caroline and Ms. Erskine for guessing correctly.

#3 was a Mule Dear. Congratulations to Alexa F., Caroline, Brianna, Ms. Erskine, Zoe, Charlotte S, Teddy, and Julianna for guessing correctly!

Bravo to all of the girls in 4-1 and 4-2 for making very educated guesses and demonstrating that you were listening very carefully during our Skype session on Tuesday :-)

Ms. L

 
At January 28, 2010 at 5:11 PM , Blogger Kelly LeSage said...

Dear Ms. Erskine and Mrs. Sabo,

Thanks for joining in the guessing! If you check out my comment above, Ms. Erskine, you will notice that you guessed 2 out of the 3 correctly. Bravo! Mrs. Sabo, thank you so much for following my blog with your class while I'm away. I look forward to Skyping with you tomorrow morning :-)

Ms. L

 
At January 28, 2010 at 5:12 PM , Blogger Kelly LeSage said...

Dear Alexa J,

I miss you too and look forward to Skyping with you tomorrow! I'm sure you will have some great questions prepared to ask me :-)

Ms. L

 
At January 28, 2010 at 5:14 PM , Blogger Kelly LeSage said...

Dear Zoe S.,

I have not seen any interesting wildlife lately, but I saw something really cool that I'm going to post on my blog tonight after dinner :-)

Ms. L

 
At January 28, 2010 at 5:17 PM , Blogger Kelly LeSage said...

Dear Melanie S.,

Deer, moose, elk, bobcats, mountain lions, and coyote all live in Red Butte Canyon. There is also an abundance of birds and smaller mammals like squirrels and mice. I have only seen deer and birds.

Ms. L

 
At January 28, 2010 at 5:19 PM , Blogger Kelly LeSage said...

Dear Emily B.,

I'm going to guess that a towel gets more wet as it dries, but I definitely had to think about it for a bit first! That's a great riddle!

Ms. L

 
At January 28, 2010 at 5:23 PM , Blogger Kelly LeSage said...

Dear Melanie C., Ann Marie, and Olivia M,

Thanks for the cold weather tips! I've been wearing 2 pairs of socks, along with lots of layers, a hat, a neckwarmer and mittens! You can tell Alexa J. that I'm not cold!

Ms. L

 
At January 28, 2010 at 5:25 PM , Blogger Kelly LeSage said...

Dear Francesca,

I'm only hiking in Red Butte Canyon- one big mountain! My legs are a little tired, but I'm definitely getting the hang of it :-)

Ms. L

 
At January 28, 2010 at 5:26 PM , Blogger Kelly LeSage said...

Dear Teddy,

I'll try and imitate the sound of a coyote gathering for you when I'm back at school!

Ms. L

 
At January 28, 2010 at 6:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms. LeSage
this is Mackenzie Salt. my mom works with your mom. i am so happy your mom shared your utah information with me. I really like the outdoors. i hope your having a great time. I like reading your blog everyday sounds like lots of fun. stay warm
Mackenzie

 
At January 28, 2010 at 9:30 PM , Blogger Kelly LeSage said...

Hi Mackenzie,

I'm so happy to hear that you're reading my blog! You're in fifth grade, right? Have you learned anything about the West in school? If you like the outdoors, you should try hiking. It's a lot of fun!

Ms. LeSage

 

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