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Students survey mammals at Selu Conservancy
Students from the Biology Department's Vertebrate Zoology course braved the cold November weather to conduct surveys of mammals at the Selu Conservancy, a ~400-acre piece of property owned by Radford University. The Selu Conservancy is used by multiple courses to conduct field experiments and observational projects.
Pictured: Students Evan Grey (holding the critter) and Devonn Williams complete measurements of a white-footed mouse and prepare to release it.
In just one night of surveying, the class captured and identified 2 species of mice (white-footed and deer mice), as well as an eastern cottontail (pictured, left) and a young Virginia opossum.
Students learned about safe handling procedures and efficient trapping methods in this exercise.
Many biology course incorporate hands-on learning, like this experience. Every experience is a skill-building exercise that can make students more competitive for science-related jobs outside of the university.
Pictured: Dr. Powers prepares to release a young Virginia opossum.