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Comparison of Small Mammal Trap for Conducting Biological Surveys 

By sarah tirado

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Sarah Tirado is a recent graduate of Millersville University and was a biology major with a concentration in animal behavior. She began this research project with the MU Applied Conservation Lab as part of an internship at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station (CBFS) in Wallops Island, VA. Tirado previously took Behavioral Ecology at CBFS and it had a powerful impact on her, igniting her passion for field research. This project compares the efficacy of a novel camera trap, MouseCam, to that of traditional trapping methods for use in rapid biological assessments. Tirado hopes to continue conducting field research on mammal behavior to improve conservation efforts in the future.

Author's Note:

Thank you to Dr. Aaron Haines for all the support and guidance throughout this project, the MU Conservation Biology Class of 2021 and Mammalogy Class of Spring 2022 for setting traps, and to Dr. Raymond Dueser and Dr. John Porter of the University of Virginia for designing the MouseCam.