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!

Monday, January 25, 2010

My First Day!

This was definitely the highlight of my first day out in the field!

After two hours of hiking up Red Butte Canyon through
snow ranging in depth from 6 inches to 3 feet and
discovering only coyote tracks, our lead scientist decided
it was time to take our team off course. The steep and
extremely deep terrain we then had to follow him up
turned out to be well worth it, as we came across this
family of Mule Deer. Mule Deer are very different from
the White-Tailed deer you may see out east, as they are
much larger and their big ears stick straight up (kind of
like my dog, Marley)! I was amazed at how beautiful
they were, and I couldn't believe they spotted us from so
far away on the top of a peak peering down on them
(this picture is zoomed in quite a bit). They literally
froze and just stared at us for at least a minute before
finally prancing off. I have a full video of it to show you
when I return.

Tomorrow I will fill you in on how we use GPS systems
to mark the locations of wildlife trails. I learned today
that deer do not always take the most convenient paths
to travel! Do you see all that brush in the picture? They
weaved right through it, and I had to go trace all of
their tracks right after! I think the deer moved through
the brush maze a bit more gracefully than I did, but it
was certainly an adventure to say the least!

3 Comments:

At January 26, 2010 at 3:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since you were not wearing snowboots yesterday what kind of boots were you wearing to hike in?
Emma IV-A

 
At January 26, 2010 at 5:50 PM , Blogger Kelly LeSage said...

Hi Emma,
I have been wearing insulated Merrell hiking boots. They are very comfortable, warm, waterproof, and excellent for the conditions I'm hiking in.

Ms. L

 
At January 27, 2010 at 12:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isabela L.4-B Hi Ms.Lesage! It must of been amazing to see all those mule deer up close in the snow. Well I hope everthing is well, and see you when you get back! Love,
Isabela Class IV

 

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