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dc.contributor.advisorBurgess, Michael
dc.contributor.advisorGarneau, Danielle
dc.contributor.authorWantuch, Joseph
dc.date.accessioned2018-03-29T19:01:13Z
dc.date.available2018-03-29T19:01:13Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1951/69749
dc.descriptionStudent poster, Center for Earth and Environmental Science, SUNY Plattsburghen_US
dc.description.abstractSystematic study of biological diversity is a prerequisite for understanding the ecological effects of climate instability and human disturbance. Our study is part of the Rugar Woods All Taxa Biological Inventory (ATBI) project, which seeks to document the biodiversity of Rugar Woods. We performed a field survey to inventory small and large mammals within Rugar Woods, a 50-acre, temperate, mixed forest. We collected five replicate measurements of both track and stride length and width, as well as photo-documented and georeferenced each track. All observations of sign were inventoried in a database and spatially explored with the iNaturalist application. We recorded ten mammal species, from five families. The most frequently recorded species were weasels (Mustelidae), including long-tailed weasel, fisher, river otter, and mink. We recorded a red fox (Canidae), white-footed mouse (Rodentia), beaver (Rodentia), and grey squirrel (Rodentia), a raccoon (Procyonidae), and white-tailed deer (Cervidae). Mammal tracks were commonly recorded on the ice of the Saranac River where domestic dog tracks were infrequent, and open space likely facilitated animal movement. A majority of tracks were recorded from riparian emergent and scrub-shrub habitats. These habitats are ecologically productive, and are thus integral components of the predator-prey food web. Because of the impending removal of the Imperial Dam, our data provide an important baseline for studying the cascading ecological effects of dam removal. Additionally, the documented mammal species are an essential part of the forest community, and their presence in a fragmented urban forest is encouraging. Finally, many are also disease vectors (e.g., Lyme disease and rabies), thus understanding their habitat use patterns is vital for ecological epidemiology.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectwildlife signen_US
dc.subjecttrackingen_US
dc.subjectRugar Woodsen_US
dc.subjectbiodiversityen_US
dc.subjectiNaturalisten_US
dc.subjectimpoundmenten_US
dc.titleInventory of Small and Large Mammal Diversity in a Fragmented Landscape: A Baseline for Investigating Ecological Impacts of Human Disturbanceen_US
dc.typePresentationen_US


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