Elk Project

Posted by admin on May 13, 2013

Dr. James Vance is working on the Elk Restoration Project with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. For updates go to www.elk.uvawise.edu


Posted by admin on October 18, 2012

Students had a rewarding experiecne with the state biologist and faculty from UVa Wise while electroshocking the guest river in the city of Norton. shock1.jpg




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Summer Research

Posted by admin on June 26, 2012

The school semester is over with and most of the students at the college have gone home for the summer. Despite many being away, there will still be surveying for wildlife going on throughout the summer months. Jennifer Fulton will be surveying throughout the summer looking specifically for reptiles and amphibians but will also be continuing mammal trapping, trail cameras, and some fish surveying. 

Jennifer will be doing a FINS research project looking at the health of the riparian buffer zone located at the Norton site in comparison to the riparian forest located at the Guest River Gorge.


So far, with the study, we have found a number of new species at Norton. Including the long tail salamander (Eurycea longicauda),

Norton City Schools Presentation

Posted by admin on May 2, 2012

A group of students went to the Norton City Schools to present about the wildlife we are looking for in Norton.

David taught the students about frogs and toads in our area. In the picture he is showing a full skeleton of a Bullfrog to the students, that is part of the UVA-Wise Natural History Museum.


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Night Observation

Posted by admin on April 16, 2012

We have gone to the field at night to see what critters we could find prowling the night.  While looking at the water there were plenty of frogs that we could see and get some photos. There were mainly green frogs (Rana clamitans), with about 10 jumping into each pond as we approached the water. 



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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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