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Wednesday, April 26 • 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Urban Wildlife Camera Traps: Study Of Species Richness On UNCA’s Campus

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We will place wildlife cameras, to sample the local animal species located on and near University of North Carolina Asheville’s campus. Three wildlife cameras will be placed around the urban forests in the area. The species in the photos will be identified and the time of capture will be noted. We will attempt to estimate population size of the species captured. We will analyze the data to determine when certain species are most active and if any environmental conditions such as weather or moon phases play a statistically significant role. The goal of the study is to identify the species that inhabit the urban forests and the times they are most active, in order to allow for sustainable urban planning in the area. The local species play a vital role in natural ecosystem processes that are fundamental to the health of the urban forest around UNCA. A greater understanding of the local urban forest animal species will allow for more informed planning when UNCA wants to expand its campus, without diminishing the natural ecosystem services provided by the fauna

Wednesday April 26, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm PDT
Concourse - Wilma Sherrill Center

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