Congratulations to Rebecca McCabe and Meta Griffin

Rebecca McCabe is now a graduate student and has started her graduate work at East Stroudsburg University.  Rebecca will be studying the nesting ecology of Broad-winged Hawks at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, and will be involved in efforts to satellite track juvenile hawks to their wintering grounds in Central and South America.

Meta Griffin recently attained a Biology Internship at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge.  This was a competitive internship position and is an excellent stepping stone for future careers. Many previous interns now work in Federal and State jobs, non-profit agencies like The Audubon Society and the Wild Turkey Federation, and many are employed in Academia.

Great job by both of these Millersville students.

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45th Annual Meeting of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists

On April 11-12th, Students from Millersville University presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists. Meta Griffin and Tristan Conrad (pictured below) presented their research poster on ‘Identification of Areas Baited for Odocoileus virginianis Using Chemical Analysis’. In addition, a research poster by Andrew Wolfgang was on also display about ‘Automated Detection and Identification of Winter Bird Vocalizations’. Great job by all these students.

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Service Learning with Lancaster Conservancy

Students from the Millersville Conservation Planning class spent their Saturday on April 5th, helping Mike Burcin of the Lancaster Conservancy with some trail maintenance and survey work at the Camp Snyder site.  The Lancaster Conservancy is in the process of restoring this unique site to an educational facility as well as restoring the wild trout stream running through the middle.  Students have been conducting service learning here to get an idea of how plans are made and money is raised to restore an area to its more natural state.

 

 

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New Member of the Applied Conservation Lab

We now have a new member of our Applied Conservation Lab. My kids want to name her ‘Ka’ (from jungle book). She is a 10 year old Ball Python (Python regius).   This species received the name ball python because they have the habit of curling into a ball when stressed or frightened.  This species is also known as the royal python because African royalty use to wear them as jewelry. 

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Setting Up Remote Cameras

 On Monday, March 17th, Mammalogy students set up remote cameras at the Safe Harbor property owned by the Lancaster Conservancy. The goal will be to record mid-sized to large mammal diversity that occurs on this property. Cameras will be retrieved in a couple of weeks to review pictures of the different mammal species caught.

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New Visitors to Mammalogy Class

Today the Mammalogy Class was visited by Debra Milne, a local wildlife rehabilitator, whom brought along a couple of rescues: a representative from the species Procyon lotor and one from Mephitis mephitis. We discussed issues with wildlife rehabilitation, permits, awareness of disease and parasites and other issues. These animals were behaviorally unique, and thus were not real wild mammals. However, they were great representatives for education.

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Snow Days and Mammals

 During the numerous snowstorms at the Millersville Campus, Mammalogy students have continued being involved in their coursework by putting together the following snow sculptures.  Great Work!

Fox Snow Sculpture
Fox Snow Sculpture
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Giraffe Snow Sculpture 2
Giraffe Snow Sculpture 2
Rabbit Snow Sculpture
Rabbit Snow Sculpture
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Horse Snow Sculpture
Horse Snow SculptureWhale Snow Sculpture