The Center’s mammal monitoring program was piloted in 2005 and uses visual surveys, live trapping and camera surveillance to create an inclusive species list through documentation of species presence. Large diurnal mammals are identified through visual surveys, while field cameras are employed to document similar sized nocturnal mammals. Sherman folding traps and pitfall traps are used to identify small nocturnal mammals. Current and past research studies borne from this project include a nest box study, a scent comparison study and a predatory exclosure study. Mammal monitoring runs from July – September and welcomes curious volunteers to the project.
The Urban Ecology Center’s mammal research has received valuable funding from:
- The Citizen-based Monitoring Network of Wisconsin’s Partnership Program
- The Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lake’s Restoration Initiative