Friday, July 30, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Bill and I have been working hard and in spite of the 105 degree heat index we have managed to get all but two of the pitfall arrays completed! Our most recent trapping session had much smaller capture number across the board and even fewer ticks. Dragging all three arrays, we only got around 10 ticks total.
|Smartest snake EVER!<><><><> >>>>|
|We have no shortage of turkeys at AEDC|
|A less than average day on our most productive array!|
|Bill cracked the seal!|
Monday, July 26, 2010
This is the Ft. McCoy site reporting. We have had an exciting start to this trap phase. While attempting to gain access to one of our sites, we noticed some bear tracks in the mud (we didn't open this array due to flooding).
As if that wasn't enough excitement, today, we got our first official lizard (5 lined skink) and it had 12 ticks attached!!!! Hope everyone is having a great trap phase, send me your addresses so I can get materials for the veg samplers out to you.
Over and out,
Thursday, July 15, 2010
It has been a bit drier this trap phase, but we are still pulling ticks off of everything. These photos are of a Short-tailed shrew with ticks on his legs. Also, because we are interested in knowing if our shrews are recaptures, we have instituted the "butt cut". To administer a butt cut, simply place your shrew head first into a screw top tube with back end sticking out. Take a scissors, and gently snip/shave off the hair above the tail (rump area). We do not know how fast the hair grows back, but we hope that this will help us to identify recaptures at least through the next trap phase. Another new addition to our site this time are the refugia that Russ suggested in the pitfalls. We used vitamin bottles/peanut butter containers/nut containers, and were not able to initially place refugia in all of them. The animals seem to prefer being in them, if they are present.
Hope all is well with everyone!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
- the (renamed) Minions page is now public http://wildlifehealth.tennessee.edu/lyme_gradient/team2.htm
- there is now a Fieldsites page, with a map and links to habitat photos etc: http://wildlifehealth.tennessee.edu/lyme_gradient/sites.htm
- there is a new Training page, which links to photos and videos relating to techniques we are learning in the field: http://wildlifehealth.tennessee.edu/lyme_gradient/training.htm
As a general guideline, everyone should feel free to use this Blog for day-to-day chat, progress reports, and fun/interesting photos. We can all post directly to this Blog (email me for the username and password if you don't have them).
Meanwhile, the website is for material that we want on more-permanent, more-public display. Material for the website needs to be emailed to me for posting, as the website is on a secure UTK server.
Here are some pics from the trapping session before this one. We never got our trap dividers (the order was lost) so we constructed THE PLUNGER instead. You can't really tell (it's upside down in the cage) but it's beautifully decorated.