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Tuesday, January 30 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Poster Display. Arboreal Camera Trapping Reveals Arboreal Behavior of Hyla versicolor, Peromyscus leucopus and Peromyscus maniculatus in Northern Wisconsin

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AUTHORS: Madison M. Laughlin, Jonathan G. Martin, Erik R. Olson - Northland College

ABSTRACT: Due to the difficulty of accessing tree canopies, arboreal habitat-use is poorly understood for many arboreal species. Using single-rope climbing techniques, we installed trail cameras in three old growth Pinus strobus (white pine) canopies in northern Wisconsin, USA.  Three cameras were installed along the stem of each tree—one in the lower (8.2m-12.5m), mid (17m-19.3m), and upper canopy (21.5m-24m).  Camera trap images reveal Hyla versicolor (eastern gray tree frog), Peromyscus maniculatus (deer mouse), and Peromyscus leucopus (white-footed mouse) using the canopy at heights up to 24m.  These observations greatly exceed previously documented heights of all three species.  Our images also reveal a seasonal pattern of arboreal behavior of both Peromyscus spp.—around 68% of all Peromyscus events occur during the months of August and September. The peak in Peromyscus spp. activity coincides with the maturing of Pinus strobus cones, suggesting that Peromyscus spp. may be using the canopy to forage for seeds.  These observations contribute to a better understanding of the arboreal behavior of these species, which is poorly understood in scientific literature. 

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

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