Bird Sightings

Posted by admin on April 12, 2012

We have been finding various species of birds along the site, one of these being the Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon). They are common fish eating birds that will be found around water. 


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More birds, lizards, and meso-mammals

Posted by admin on March 22, 2012

With the warming weather the cover boards are finally producing. Check out the Eastern Fence Lizard 


Eastern Fence Lizard - Sceloporus undulatus

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Small mammal trapping gets underway

Posted by admin on March 22, 2012

Thirty small mammal traps were set out Wednesday evening with cotton balls for animal comfort and baited with peanut butter and oats. 


Four white-footed mice were weighed, measured, and ear tagged Thursday morning. 


Peromyscus leucopus

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Students get fit tested for N95 respirators

Posted by admin on March 12, 2012

This is due to the threat of hantavirus from small mammals. Small Mammal trapping will begin in a week or so when the temperatures are warmer. 


UVa-Wise campus police officer Beau Boggs is certified and conducting the respirator fit testing for the project.

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Tree Frogs, Salamanders, and Fish

Posted by admin on March 12, 2012

Faculty and students at UVa-Wise attached nineteen 1" PVC pipes to trees along the guest river. These refuges will attract tree frogs for the herpetological study being conducted along the Norton River Walk. As the weather warms, salamanders are starting to show up at the cover boards placed several weeks ago. The Southern Ravine Salamander is a great find. 


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