What We Do

Mammal Research

The Center’s mammal monitoring program was piloted in 2005 and uses visual surveys, live trapping and camera surveillance to monitor presence/absence and population trends. 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 community members to the project.

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Walk through Riverside Park with Wisconsin DNR biologist Dianne Robinson to assess beaver activity. Photo: Jessica Orlando

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The beaver (Castor canadensisis) has made a return to Riverside Park in the last few years. Photo: Bruce Halmo

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

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