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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.

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

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a baby eastern snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina), 

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and a two-lined salamander (Eurycea cirrigera) that is just out of the larvae stage.  

We are sure to find more throughout the summer and fall of 2012.