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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

Winter Ecology of Small Mammals

This study involved determining whether subnivean space (a layer of snow-free space under the snow cover) exists in this area, and identifying any small mammals that are active in it over the course of the winter. We set baited hair tubes, designed to collect a small sample of hair on a piece of tape, in the SUNY Brockport woodlot. After collecting the tapes, we identified which species of small mammals entered the tubes. The tubes were set out in 20 groups of two: one in the open, and one near the cover of fallen logs or other objects which could create a larger subnivean space. The tubes were set out in mid-December. Data collection was performed from January through March, with the hair samples being collected every week or so. This is the second year of this study, and at its completion, we will compare our results to those of similar studies, particularly one done in Australia, after which our study was modeled. Also, the realities and potential problems of performing field work in an unpredictable environment will be discussed.

Presenter: Hollee Schwingel (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Environmental Science
Location: 104 Edwards
Time: 1:45 pm (Session III)