TO CATCH A FERRET
Before we even left Australia Laura had arranged for us to help out with the Black Footed Ferret monitoring nights. We jumped at the chance, I mean wild Carpet Sharks, totally awesome.
So on Friday night Rob, Laura, Jamie (9) and I drove down to Seligman. Its over a hour and on Route 66, the main highway bypasses it now, and the main street is full of old skool neon and Route 66 signs. It looked pretty cool.
We met up with the other volunteers and the Rangers for a introduction session on filling out data sheets, setting traps, using the GPS etc. Met our experienced guide and drove off into the cold night.
The area we covered was on private land and were introduced from captive bred ferrets. The maps we had showed the high density areas of Prairie Dogs so that was where we searched.
We used spotlights from the truck to light up their eyes. They glow blueish in the light, we saw lots of rabbits which glow reddish so at least we weren't tricked too often.
Bloody heavy and tripping and falling down a burrow with it on your back sucks.
We saw several ferrets and traps were set. They had to be checked every hour cause of the cold. The others were out walking and Rob and I were spotting from the truck when I saw the tell tale blue. I kept the light on him as Rob walked up to see which burrow he was in. Sat out of the burrow watching till Rob could almost touch him. We set the trap and blocked any other nearby exits and went back to spotting. We met up with the others and checked the other traps.
At this stage it was 5:30 am and I had to work at 11am so I drove back by myself. Home at 7am, in bed, quick sleep and up at 10am. I managed to stay awake for the day but wasn't going to go back for another night since i was buggered and had to work again on Sunday.
Had Chinese for dinner with the gang and watched the last two episodes of season 3 Battlestar (i know who the final five are...very exciting).