Friday, February 13, 2009

Flying Squirrel Lab

The Fish and Wildlife Management students worked in partnership with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission on the Carolina northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus coloratus) nest box monitoring program yesterday, February 12, 2009. This project was part of the Habitat Manipulation and Wildlife Management Techniques courses. The setting for the field trip was spectacular! The students enjoyed an incredible hike on a wilderness trail through the high elevation forests of western North Carolina. They were able to work alongside Chris Kelly, one of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission’s Mountain Wildlife Diversity Biologists. Furthermore, the students gained valuable hands-on experience repairing or replacing damaged nest boxes, inventorying use, along with capturing, taking measurements, tagging, and recording data on squirrels that occupied some of the nest boxes that were checked. Attached is a video of a Carolina northern flying squirrel with a new ear tag that didn’t want to go back into the nest box after the data collection process. Watch closely and enjoy!

Submitted by Chris Graves

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