The search for the bog lemming in the North Cascades

Jeff loaded in camping gear, crates of traps, dry ice (for temporarily preserving specimens), bird feed (for bait) and other collecting materials. The three of us, Jeff, myself, and fellow graduate student Katie Stanchak, piled into the car to head out on our night of sampling.  

Two women look into a small metal animal trap
Katie Stanchak and Leith Leiser-Miller checking a Sherman trap for any live mammals. Photo: Burke Museum

After we arrived we scouted the spots, set up camp and then traipsed out into the meadow to search for the perfect sites to set our Sherman traps (a small metal, box-style trap designed for capturing small mammals). Jeff showed us the signs of a promising trap location to look for: runway tracks and subtle depressions in the grass that look like animals have been running through. If we place a trap there hopefully we will catch something! Soon after, Katie and me started to get an eye for it. He also showed us how to bait, set and adjust the sensitivity of the traps, this was a great learning experience, as neither of us had done much mammal trapping.

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