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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

MustelaVision I: Using Videotraps to Compare Mink Population Abundances

In the 1980s, the Rochester Embayment was identified as an Area of Concern (AOC) by the International Joint Commission (Canada and the US), due in part to a perceived absence of mink along the Lake Ontario shoreline. Use Impairments listed by the IJC included degradation of wildlife populations and animal reproductive problems. This study attempts to evaluate relative abundances in mink populations, comparing shoreline areas to inland areas, and areas within the AOC to areas outside the AOC. Motion-activated video recorders were placed in various locations in four separate areas in order to record the passage of mink. Passage frequencies are then used to represent mink population abundances in comparisons between areas and sites. Also, proof of mink reproduction in the AOC will be shown.

Presenter: Sara Wellman (Graduate Student)
Topic: Environmental Science
Location: 140 Lennon
Time: 2:45 pm (Session IV)

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