Thursday, October 12, 2006

Rat challenge

Design a portable, lightweight, weather-proof, durable, effective implement for tracking the presence of rodents for an outdoor setting. We will test it at school, then try to use it in then bush. Perhaps we could set some up in patches of native bush around Hamilton...? [Is there a suitable one nearby?]
Why do we need something like this? Well, since we know rats and mice are pests in the NZ bush ecosystem, we need to be able to reliably work out whether or not they are present if we are to reintroduce endangered native species.
What other creatures might we want to check for? Any ideas for tracking stations for those animals? Think about their ecological niches and how you would best test for their presence.
i.e. Would you test for things that eat native fish up trees?

12 comments:

laffydaffy said...

there is the claudlands bush walk possibly...

Mr Woody said...

good idea - and it's so close!
it's also a bush under threat from pests and human destruction.

dan said...

since i live in the country with a massive gully with millions of rats

dan said...

could i try one of the best ones out.

Mr Woody said...

dan - we should use your gully too - but you should also rethink your sentence - is it complete?
8>)

Mr Woody said...

dan - i meant your sentence about the rats in your gully. re-read it.
as for trying thing sout - definitely!!!
8>)

dan said...

would a machine that envolved a tunnel with a weight counter work.

dan said...

as in weight counter i mean a machine that reads how much the object that passed by weighs and how many objects have passed by.

Mr Woody said...

very interesting thinking, dan - how would it measure the weight,record it and survive the weather, animals, etc.?

i like you're thinking...

Sugarsweet4eva said...

I researced and it seems rats are attracted to penut butter! weird huh!? and you said they like crawling trough tunnles so how about a tunnel with penut butter as a 'bait' the rat crawls in, an then there's something like an stamp pad, that the rat stands on, and then a peice of paper, so that it leaves a print of its paws. If there are lots of prints, then there are lots of rats. I was thinking you could just have a camera in the tunnel, but then i relised it might cost too much!
How does this sound?

Mr Woody said...

marvellous idea, sugasweet. maybe it will even work without the peanut butter.
well done!

Monkey-man said...

after that we could go to my house its just down the road.