Presentation Title

A Tale Of Two Habitats: Analysis Of Small Mammal Activity And Diversity On Ksc Property

Presenter Information

Samantha Dormio

Mentor

Kenneth Bergman

Location

David F. Putnam Science Center - 127

Abstract

Few studies have evaluated the ecological significance of Keene State’s riparian woodlands. The goal of this study is to compare small mammal activity and diversity in two distinct campus habitats: the wooded banks of the Ashuelot River and an early successional field dominated by forbs and small shrubs. We assembled track tubes, in which animals attracted by a bait leave ink prints on contact paper. We placed the track tubes at sampling stations along a line-transect in both habitats, checked tubes daily, and followed a sampling cycle that alternated use of stations to minimize oversampling of individual animals. We used ImageJ software to objectively quantify track marks. Observations over a 2½ month period revealed far greater mammal activity in the riparian habitat. Finally, we plan to compare the species which left prints at field and riparian stations

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A Tale Of Two Habitats: Analysis Of Small Mammal Activity And Diversity On Ksc Property

David F. Putnam Science Center - 127

Few studies have evaluated the ecological significance of Keene State’s riparian woodlands. The goal of this study is to compare small mammal activity and diversity in two distinct campus habitats: the wooded banks of the Ashuelot River and an early successional field dominated by forbs and small shrubs. We assembled track tubes, in which animals attracted by a bait leave ink prints on contact paper. We placed the track tubes at sampling stations along a line-transect in both habitats, checked tubes daily, and followed a sampling cycle that alternated use of stations to minimize oversampling of individual animals. We used ImageJ software to objectively quantify track marks. Observations over a 2½ month period revealed far greater mammal activity in the riparian habitat. Finally, we plan to compare the species which left prints at field and riparian stations