We've also been setting up traps and monitoring cages. I'm always reminded over and over of why I love this activity - seeing nature's beauty close up, interacting with professional studiers of nature, and being able to see our ideas take shape and make a difference on the environment. And of course, it is such a fun experience. We joke and laugh as we work, and some activities were like games when we first started. For instance, we swapped out different bait until we found the most effective ones for each different region and species. It was very interesting guessing what squirrels and owls would like to eat based on where they lived. It seemed that apples were a particular squirrel favorite near garbage dumps. There was one squirrel in a trash bin that was clever enough to dig out the bait from outside the cage. He kept stealing the bait and never got caught, so we moved the cage to another region to target a less wily squirrel.
To quote one member after the third time the trap had been sprung, "Geez, MENSA needs to take a look at that squirrel's mind."