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This collection contains the research publications of Rice Creek Biological Field Station at the State University of New York College at Oswego. These publications are in the form of Research Reports, Bulletins, and Special Publications.


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    Rice Creek Biological Field Station Bulletin, 1974, No. 1
    (2011-07-06) Maxwell, George; Shearer, Robert; Kundell, J.E.; Spafford, R.A.; Del Prete, K.; Tritman, N.D.; Bocsor, J.G.; Demers, J.E.
    This issue contains selected papers from limnological investigations of Little Sodus Bay and neighboring bays along the southern shore of Lake Ontario. Located approximately 15 miles from the Oswego campus, this sheltered bay has provided our classes with one of several excellent study sites at which they can become familiar with procedures in the field of limnology. The first article of this bulletin is a summary of chemical and biological data from Little Sodus Bay collected by previous limnology classes. It is an attempt to arrange the students' classwork into a meaningful form so that their efforts may be appreciated by others. Some of the data may be questionable and such instances are noted. This is to be expected when introducing students to the many different techniques and equipment used throughout the course. Generally the accuracy of these data are excellent and provides one with a "limnological preview" of Little Sodus Bay before reading papers which follow. The more specific papers represent individual efforts as independent studies or partial requirements for advanced studies. Kundell's and Spafford's papers were submitted as a partial fulfillment for the Master of Science Degree in Education under the advisement of R. A. Engel. The remaining papers were completed as a partial requirement for "Problems in Advanced Limnology" which was taught in Spring of 1972 by R. A. Engel. Much of the collection was conducted through the ice and allows us to have a more complete picture of the limnology of Little Sodus Bay.--Robert I. Shearer
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    Rice Creek Field Station Bulletin No. 2: The Flora of the Vascular Plants of the Rice Creek Biological Field Station
    (2011-07-06) Hickey, John; Maxwell, George; Shearer, Robert
    This issue of the Rice Creek Biological Field Station Bulletin is devoted to a study of the flora of Rice Creek Biological Field Station, completed by John Hickey, a graduate student at State University College, Oswego, in 1970-71. This study, the result of Mr. Hickey's master's thesis research, was under the direction of Professor Norman Gillette of this college's Biology Department. The herbarium here at the biological station contains a reference collection of the flora of Oswego County. The collection is, in the main, the result of Mr. Hickey's research, although additions to the collection have been made by others, including Professor Mildred Faust of Syracuse, New York, and Professor Phil Walker of Plattsburgh, New York. Those interested in utilizing the collection are welcome to do so.--George Maxwell, Director of Rice Creek Field Station
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    Rice Creek Field Station Special Publication No. 2: Natural Areas of Oswego County
    (2011-07-06) Weeks, John; Cox, Donald; Hawkins, Ed; Solosky, Mike; Hunsinger, Todd
    Foremost among the goals of Rice Creek Field Station is the promotion of environmental awareness. This has been a theme in college courses, school programs, summer courses for children, and programs for the public offered at the station. Knowledge about the environment for every citizen is more important today than ever before. In 1743 John Bartram, a colonial amateur botanist visited Oswego and observed a wild plant the local residents called Oswego Tea. This beautiful plant is rarely observed growing wild in Oswego County today. In John Bartram's time Globeflower, another native plant, was fairly abundant; today it is an endangered species. These are but two of many possible examples of native species that have been influenced by human induced environmental changes. We obviously cannot return the environment to its 1743 condition. Since Oswego County became a political entity in 1816 the number of residents has increased steadily. The projection is that this increase will continue into the future. As the size of the human population increases the environment will become correspondingly less hospitable for wild species. The Natural Areas Handbook gives a brief description with a guide to the major natural areas in Oswego County that are open to the public. Rice Creek Field Station has produced this handbook to acquaint visitors and residents with areas of natural beauty in Oswego County. It is hoped the users will remember that these are the last refuges for many wild species. Help us preserve them for future generations. Donald D. Cox, Director Rice Creek Field Station
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    Rice Creek Field Station Bulletin No. 6: Guidelines for Environmental Management at Rice Creek Field Station
    (2011-07-06) Weeks, John; Cox, Donald
    Planning for Rice Creek Field Station began in 1962 and the station began operating in 1966. At that time much of the land that comprised field station grounds was in hayfields and very young evergreen plantations. Since then the station has gradually become an island of natural growth surrounded by expanding urbanization from the city of Oswego. Plant growth and succession has been rapid with the result that the evergreen plantations have become dense stands and much of the open space has given way to thickets of shrubs and young trees. By 1984, it had become apparent that a change in management plans was necessary in order to maintain a maximum range of habitats with the accompanying variety of plant and animal species. In order to do this it would be necessary to make a detailed analysis of the current status of field station environments. With the support of a grant from the Institute of Museum Services, John Weeks was employed to make this analysis. John was responsible for the original planning of Rice Creek Field Station and has had extensive experience in conservation, land management and nature education. The field station provides research, educational, and recreational facilities to the college and the community. The aim of this report is to provide guidelines for maximum long term multipurpose use with minimum adverse affects on field station environments. Donald D. Cox, Director Rice Creek Field Station
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    Rice Creek Research Bulletin No. 5: Annotated Checklist of the Birds of Oswego County and Northern Cayuga County, New York
    (2011-07-06) Smith, Gerald; Ryan, James
    The idea for this publication was conceived one day atop Derby Hill at the conclusion of a glorious April day when the skies were crammed with migrants of every description. This flight had involved both high numbers and rare occurrences. As I readied to depart I wished for a data yardstick. Since the only available yardsticks were either the large raw data file maintained by the Region 5 Kingbird editor or 25 years of published reports in the Kingbird, and neither of these was accessible in the field, I was out of luck for that evening. This book is designed to provide that yardstick so that the field observer can compare his or her daily results against previous work. It is an annotated checklist which will aid the observer who is unfamiliar with the general abundance of birds in our area. I also hope that it will serve as a general reference manual which may be carried afield. The data herein were derived primarily from published reports in the Kingbird and from my own field records. Except for a request for data which was mailed in 1976, no intensive attempt was made to collect and review the data in the private files of local observers. Although lack of detailed review of private files has no doubt resulted in errors of omission, it was felt that such errors were the lesser of two possible evils. To thoroughly review personal files would have delayed publication of this volume to perhaps the year 2000, assuming the author was fortunate to live that long. In full realization that some available data may have been omitted, early publication was preferred to an all inclusive summary. The species summaries are based primarily on data through the end of 1977, but in some cases data of particular interest have been included from 1978 and 1979. Yet despite these efforts, this book, as with all such endeavors, is partly obsolete before it is published. It is hoped that this publication will aid further field work resulting in a future revision and updating of this checklist. As the Oswego Area has a relatively brief history of modern field work, a vast amount of knowledge remains to be gained. Even in well worked areas, such as the Lake Ontario shore, relatively little is known. Confounding occurrences, such as hawk flights at Derby Hill in August, shake the foundations of well-considered and cherished ideas about what is occurring in the local bird world. In other less well worked sections of the county data are so scarce that ideas are very difficult to form. Extensive field work remains to be done. I hope that field observers will increase their efforts and contribute to the goal of providing more specific detail in published form. Observers should take time to provide summaries of their raw data. Such summarized data are particularly important for environmental impact assessments. Well-documented information on a favorite birding site could well be an important factor in the site evaluation of a proposed nuclear power plant. I have attempted to make this publication as complete as possible within certain time constraints. However, I fully accept responsibility for any errors. Gerald A. Smith, 1978