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Tuesday, January 30 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Poster Display. Wildlife Species Usage of Man-Made Watering Holes in the Manistee National Forest

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AUTHORS: Anna Bush, Lake Superior State University

ABSTRACT: United State Forest Service organization in the Huron-Manistee National Forest constructed a number of watering holes in an attempt to attract desired species to those specific locations. Each watering hole was 6-8 ft deep, 10-15 ft wide, with a rubber lining, and was strategically placed in locations with no water but other highly desired resources. The objective of this study was to assess species composition, densities, and richness at these man-made water sources. I used a trail camera survey method along with personal observations to determine the different species that utilize these areas. Data was collected in June through August 2017 from 20 of the constructed water sources. Species observed at the sites included white tail deer, black bear, red-tail hawks, coyotes and other wildlife species. Every site was used by at least one species throughout the entire summer. Age, surrounding habitat, distance to primary water source and whether the watering hole actually held water was all taken into consideration and compared to the specie richness values of each site. When comparing these sites there was a slight increase in species richness with older sites that are closer to a primary water sources. These results are not significant to draw any major conclusion and will need more research for conclusive results. This information can be used to design size and placement of constructed watering holes to attract certain species to given areas.

Tuesday January 30, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm CST
Ballroom C & Foyer

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