The Wildlife Society hosts another successful bioblitz


The student chapter of The Wildlife Society hosted another successful bioblitz at RU's Selu Conservancy. Now in its 10th year, this bioblitz gives students a chance to survey a wide range of critters in a 24-hour span. Friday, April 12 activities included setting small mammal traps and going on a nighttime herpetile (amphibians and reptiles) walk. On the walk, led by Dr. Matt Close, they discovered 5 species, including a toad and 4 frogs. Saturday, the day began with an early morning bird walk, led by Dr. Bob Sheehy and Professor John Kell. Students then checked nearly 300 small mammal traps with Dr. Karen Powers, finding 13 mammals of 5 species. The day concluded with a wildflower and medicinal herb walk with Dr. Christine Small. Despite the ominous weather forecast, decent weather prevailed, and students had a great experience.

Photos are posted below of some of the events. Photos by Karen Powers, Karissa Ellis, and Angie Holmes.


Raegan Forbes holds a house mouse


Logan Vanmeter measures a mouse


Dr/ Karen Powers holds a mouse


Dr. Christine Small teaching about trees, shrubs, and herbs on the wildflower/medicinal plant walk.


A morel found on the wildflower walk!


Even the future RU students get to know the critters - safely, of course! (Under the direction of Karissa Ellis)


Northern slimy salamander


Spring peeper


Birdiing on the Little River

Apr 20, 2019
Karen Powers