On Sunday, January 18th, Millersville Students Anthony Kessler, Joshua Bard and Sarah Way (refer to picture below) helped out with the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Annual Ring-necked Pheasant Survey. Students were out with bird dogs and their owners to find and flush birds and give count. A total of 15 pheasants were counted on our survey routes (7 females and 8 males). The weather was a little wet, but over all it was nice to get out in some pheasant habitat.
Below are links to some amazing documentaries on different animal phylums and the Ecosystem Services they provide us humans. These videos were created by Millersville Biology Students for an Honor’s Zoology Seminar course here at Millersville University. These videos are for educational use only, but they still rock.
( I especially love the end of the Porifera Phylum video; time 7:10)
1) Arthropoda Phylum Video
2) Nematoda Phylum Video
3) Cnidaria Phylum Video
4) Porifera Phylum Video
On Saturday, December 13th, Biology Students from Millersville University were able to help the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife with their bear check stations. Students helped wildlife biologists take tooth samples, weight measurements and identification information from harvested black bears. Students also learned the basis, justification and science behind sustainable harvest practices for wildlife management. In addition, students were exposed to the Human Dimensions of wildlife biology via protest demonstrations established to end bear hunts in New Jersey. We thank the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife and their great staff for providing us these great educational opportunities.
Below are our new members to the School of Science and Math. See if you can find them roaming around the Science Complex.
Did our final Millersville Bird Walk this week and documented the arrival of our winter residents. Saw and heard large numbers of white-throated sparrows, been seeing small flocks of dark-eyed juncos and got to hear a partial song of a winter wren.
(image from allaboutbirds.org; dwaynejava)
On Monday October 27, Dr. Haines and three of his undergraduate researchers, majoring in Environmental Biology from Millersville University, attended the 21st Annual Conference of the Wildlife Society in Pittsburgh.
During this meeting, Millersville students Tristan Conrad, Meta Griffin and Andrew Wolfgang presented the results of their research. In addition to presenting their research, Tristan, Meta and Andrew attended a number of informative scientific presentations and attended a student Professional mixer in which they met potential employees in their field of study, colleagues they have worked with as well as Millersville Alumni that are now professionals in the wildlife field. Dr. Aaron Haines volunteered with the Wildlife Society to help supervise the student professional mixer, which is an excellent opportunity for students to network. Dr. Aaron Haines also presented a talk on the need for more research in regards to Wildlife Law Enforcement to help wildlife conservation officers mitigate poaching and the illegal wildlife trade via wildlife crime prevention strategies.
On Saturday, September 27th 2014, the Lancaster Master Naturalist Program and Students from Millersville University both participated in mammal trapping efforts. We caught 2 short-tailed shrews, 2 white-footed mice and an Eastern Chipmunk. We also got great remote camera pictures of foxes.
On September 20th and 21st, Millersville University students were involved in collecting and recording data for the Lancaster County Conservancy Climber’s Run BioBlitz. A BioBlitz is a complete bio-inventory of all species found in a defined area, in this case the Climber’s Run Preserve. Educators, Scientists and the General Public alike, work together to find and document different species. Below are some of the results from the mammal survey effort.
On the morning of September 16th on the Millersville Biological Preserve, we got to see our first species of migratory birds making their way through campus. We saw small flocks of red-eyed vireos, black-throated green warblers, eastern wood pee-wees, Yellow-throated vireos (picture below by Ryan Schain, MA, Groveland, May 2012), chestnut-sided warblers as well chimney swifts flying overhead. We also got good looks at cedar waxwings.
Today we had our first bird walk for the 2014 Fall season. We are beginning to see blackbirds flock up, but we did not see anything in regards to flocks of neotropical migrants. The following is a list of birds we did see: Tufted Titmouse, Chickadee, Gray catbird, Great Egret, Northern mockingbird, Red-eyed vireo, Carolina wren, Common grackle, Red-bellied woodpecker, Downy woodpecker, Northern flicker, Red-winged blackbird, American robin, Northern cardinal, American crow and Hairy woodpecker.
Interestingly, Dr. Jean Boal did find a very young Cedar Waxwing outside of a late season nest.