Friday, April 29, 2011

Volunteers Needed

Canid presence scat sampling using simple transect methods
John Hayes
Delaware State University

Goal: Systematically find scat samples of canid species for genetic analysis

• Primary target: gray fox
• Secondary: red fox, coyote, domestic dog and non-canid


• Coordinate with John Hayes to receive training and be assigned a work area

• Training and field sampling days-May 21, 22, 28 & 29, 2011 June 4, 5, 11, &12, 2011 (Sat & Sun). During the week is OK if your schedule is better suited. Let’s coordinate.

• Receive training:

o Oriented to transect locations
o Field data entry forms
o How to record usable data with GPS- have your own GPS, that’s even better!
o Scat identification- difference between usable and unusable sample
o Awareness techniques to increase sample capture
o Proper collection, ID labeling and storage

• Requires 2-3 hours of training and a commitment to walk at least one transect. 2-4 or more transects would be awesome. Transects do not need to be walked all on same day.

• Walk 3km (2miles) linear transects at approximately 1.5 km/ hour (1 mile/hour) to locate scat deposits on trails and low use dirt roads on managed lands of Delaware and Eastern Shore Maryland. 40-60 transects total depending on volunteer interest. Enquire about sites of interest. We have many places to choose from.

• Use GPS to record transect delineation and sample locations. Record ID, X and Y, and notes on data form for data entry.

• We will be using simple GPS that does not have GIS on the fly capacity. All GPS data entry will be done post collection by John Hayes.

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