Faculty and Students go to Norton Elementary

Posted by admin on March 12, 2012

At Norton middle school, UVa-Wise students Jennifer Fulton, Chris Mitchell, David Nauss, and Katie Arnett spoke to 4th, 6th, and 7th graders about snakes, trees, turtles, and birds.


This was an educational event with the opportunity to talk about the Norton River Walk, interact with children, and have some fun. The next event at Norton Elementary School is on March 23rd, 2012.

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Meso-Mammal Trapping gets underway

Posted by admin on March 12, 2012

Dr. James Vance and students from UVa-Wise sat out 14 box traps of varying sizes.


Gland lures and food baits were used to attract the animals to the traps. Trapped animals are weighed while in the traps and lengths are approximated. So far they have caught raccoons and opossums.


Other target species are skunk, grey fox, red fox, bobcat, coyote, squirrel, and rabbit. 

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Cutaneous Fibromas found in wild deer

Posted by admin on March 8, 2012

Students from UVa-Wise recently collected this trail cam photo of a deer. According to Virginia State Biologist, Johnny Wills, this deer has what is known as Cutaneous Fibromas.


For futher information about cutaneous fibromas visit the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

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Mystery Animal Identification

Posted by admin on February 29, 2012

One of the trail cameras captured the following photo of an unidentified animal. Leave a comment below stating what type of animal you think this could be. 


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Find and identify the animal in this trail camera picture by leaving a comment with your best guess of the species name.


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Water samples and cover boards

Posted by admin on February 29, 2012

Dr . Wally Smith took a group of students out last week to set out cover boards for the snake and salamander project. Students will periodically check the cover boards for snakes and salamanders which will be identified to species, weighed, measured, and photographed. In addition, the snakes will be implanted with Passive Integrated Transponder tags (PIT) which will allow us to individually identify snakes for mark recapture analysis. coverboard1.jpg

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