Archive for April, 2010
The UIU Wildlife Management Class has finished up its nest predation study. They will be presenting the results of their research on Thursday (May 6th) in Room 106 in Baker Hebron.
The UIU Wildlife Management Class has recently been surveying for ruffed grouse in Fayette and Clayton County. One was heard at Grannis Creek early this week. We are going to go out and try and record their drumming display.
During the last couple of weeks the UIU Wildlife Class has been setting up artificial nests with chicken eggs and monitoring them with remote cameras to identify nest predators. The purpose of this research project is to use remote cameras to correlate evidence of nest predation events to a specific species of nest predator. Below are a few pictures of nest predators caught in the act. More results will come in the future.
On the evening of April 6th, 2010 the UIU Wildlife & Ecology class attempted to night-net American Woodcock. The purpose of the exercise was to evaluate whether night-netting of woodcock was possible for conducting a potential radio-telemetry study for woodcock on the Volga River State Recreation Area. This first attempt at night-netting was a success. We conducted a safe live capture of an adult male woodcock at Volga. To get a close-up look of the bird, click on the video below.
On Thursday evening April 1st, 2010, the Upper Iowa University Wildlife Management Class conducted its first frog call survey for the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program. The purpose of this program is to help states assess frog and toad population trends. Data is being collected with the help of volunteers to identify local amphibian species based on their unique calls.
We only identified 2 different species of frogs calling this evening: Spring Peeper and Chorus Frog. However, we did happen upon two leopard frogs during our survey. Check them out on the videos below.