Hello my name is Mrs. Deacon. Please join me as I travel to Nova Scotia to study the ecology of mammal populations.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Collaboration in Nova Scotia

When looking at the work we are doing here in Nova Scotia, the Pentucket Habits of Learning come to mind.  Last Sunday, eleven strangers came together to work towards a similar goal - assist in the Mammals of Nova Scotia research project.  We are from all walks of life- there is a newlywed couple from Australia, a Japanese woman, a doctor from Minnesota, an English teacher from San Diego, a retiree that has completed 63 EarthWatch expeditions, a great aunt that is taking her niece on a two month tour of the east coast of North America, a 22 year old college student, and myself.
     In order to be successful, we need to be able to collaborate and work together as a team to accomplish the tasks. An effective team member must participate, be supportive, be open minded, share, listen, and be flexible.  It is challenging to consistently have a positive attitude when faced with many tasks, but think about how you will feel when you have completed the tasks and accomplished your goal. Being at the end of my first week here in Nova Scotia, I feel that I am a part of a team.  That we have completed our tasks as a  team... thanks to our being able to successfully collaborate.

We now come to the end of week one. Tomorrow, we finish our three days of trapping in our first quadrants.  Tomorrow evening, we begin to "crunch our data" and look at the population densitites of the small mammals that we have been investigating.  See you tomorrow...literally! :-)

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