Vertebrate zoology students brave the cold, survey Selu animals


Students from Dr. Powers' vertebrate zoology course recently braved the cold weather to complete surveys of small animals at the Selu Conservancy. Setting over 300 mammal traps at Selu, the students caught 45 mammals from 7 species, including 4 rodent species, a raccoon, an oppossum, and a striped skunk. The students also caught one bird, a song sparrow, in a net disigned to safely capture birds. Photos from this event celebrate the successes and the value of the Selu Conservancy - this property, just 5 miles from campus, gives students the opportunity to complete field biology surveys, learn practical field techniques, and build their skill sets as biology majors. 


Lauren McClaugherty, April Tingle, and Shanellie Estrella measure a captured house mouse


A healthy raccoon was captured and safely released.


Jessica Painter holds a white-footed mouse


Sarah Hebert and Kayla McNeilly carefully measure a captured mouse


A healthy adult song sparrow was captured and released in this trapping effort

Nov 16, 2015
Karen Powers