We are closing up the trapping season this semester for the Millersville Shrew Project. The purpose of this project is to monitor the shrew activity and their prey base over the winter season on the Millersville Biological Preserve. Both Natalie Auman and Courtland Hess have been busy collecting and recording data. Efforts will resume in the Spring semester and we welcome anyone who is interested to help out.
Millersville Alum Keena Elbin (15′) has been keeping busy in the field working with American and Hickory Shad all over the Chesapeake bay with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. She has also been involved in tagging Atlantic Sturgeon. Below is a link to the WUSA9 news website from Keena’s first day out sturgeon fishing this summer. Check it out!
The Millersville Hawk Watch Team has been eyes on the skies looking for migrating birds of prey. Click on the link below to see what species of hawks, falcons, eagles or vultures have been flying over campus on their way south.
The Millersville Endangered Species Team is currently working on a paper outlining the results of their first analysis on threats to endangered species in partnership with students from the College of William and Mary. Both teams have now begun a new effort to take a more in-depth analysis at listing documents and identifying a broader array of threats that impact species. In addition, this analysis will be looking at threats to different species taxa. Both teams met at the William and Mary Campus in Washington D.C. on September 7th and went over the new protocol. We are looking forward to another great collaborative project with Dr. Matthias Leu and the students from William and Mary.
In 2014, Meta Griffin graduated with Honors from Millersville University with a Degree in Environmental Biology and a Minor in Chemistry. After Millersville, Meta took an internship position at the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge in Indiana. A year later she was accepted into graduate school at Frostburg State University in Maryland where she got her Masters Degree in Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology. Her thesis was on evaluating early-successional habit for breeding bird communities at the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey. While at Graduate School, Meta was given the Outstanding Student in Wildlife Award from the Maryland and Delaware Chapter of the Wildlife Society. Meta is now a Grassland Conservation Associate with the American Bird Conservancy in Oklahoma where she promotes habitat management efforts on private lands to benefit wildlife conservation. We wish Meta all the best in her future efforts and look forward to her continuing to do great things.
The Millersville Conservation Biology Class spent their Monday morning snorkeling and seining at the eelgrass beds. Students got to experience this productive and unique ecosystem first hand and discuss conservation restoration efforts for this important habitat.