Small mammal trapping at Osoyoos study site – completed for summer 2015

Mouse Crew midsummer 2015For the fourth year in a row, we conducted a mid-summer live-trapping survey for small mammals across the Osoyoos snake study site.  This year Jared Maida (sitting in the middle on the truck bumper) did a great job of organizing the gala event.  As always, captures were not high in the dry desert, although one site on the side of a hill produced a fair number of pocket mice.  With the trapping coinciding with the shortest nights of the year, everyone averaged about 4.5 hrs of sleep/night for three days, so a HUGE thanks to our super volunteers…

In the picture, left to right:  Jennifer (volunteer), Valerie (volunteer), Yours Truly, Kirstin (kneeling), Cole (volunteer), Jared, Janna (volunteer), and Steph (volunteer).


Cheryl presents in Colorado

Cheryl Blair just returned from the 3rd Conference of the North American Pika Consortium in Golden, Colorado, where she presented an overview of her thesis work entitled ‘Survival in a low elevation, human-modified landscape: the American Pika’.  Cheryl also was co-author on another talk led by our collaborators, Matthew Waterhouse and Mike Rusello from UBC-Okanagan (Genetic evidence for restricted dispersal in American pika across a human-modified landscape).