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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First round of trail camera photos

Posted by admin on February 29, 2012

The remote sensing cameras were out for two weeks. In that time we captured photos of whitetail deer, grey fox, raccoon, opossum, rabbit, and house cat. 


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Student Research Projects Begin

Posted by admin on February 16, 2012

Students from UVa-Wise have been at the river walk site in Norton over the last three weeks planning projects, locating trap sites, and determining initial site design. 


Team leaders and volunteers were on site to initilize the trail camera project. Ten remote sensing cameras were put out in strategic locations to detect animal movements, abundance, species presence. These cameras will be checked twice a month. We hope to document a variety of species and to determine movement patterns. 

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Site Information

Posted by admin on December 14, 2011

The proposed Norton river walk will run along the Guest River from the Norton Elementary School campus to the former sewage treatment plant site at the east end of the Ramsey community.


Biological surveys will be conducted on either end of the trail. 


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Biology Lab Field Trip

Posted by admin on December 14, 2011

Kristine Hoffmann, Biology Instructor, took her lab students out on November 30th, December 1st, and December 5th for track and scat counts. The 35 students observed raccoon, opossum, deer, fox, house cat, domestic dog, and squirrel tracks as well as rabbit, deer, and fox scat. 


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