Pennsylvania Game News - June 2014 - 34

Mammal Mission: Performing a mammal survey can be a lot of work. Days are
spent preparing the site and all sorts of equipment for the survey,
followed by completing the survey and cleaning up your gear. Now
consider what is typical for a specific location and apply it to the
entire state. How tough would it be to gather data on
all mammal species in the state's varied habitats?
The scale is as large as can be; numerous capture
and discovery techniques will be used, from
trapping cryptic species to collecting data on
the more noticeable ones. Collecting data
for Pennsylvania's soon-to-be-launched
Mammal Atlas project will be a daunting
task. In coming months, this ambitious
project should be underway, and there will be many ways for all residents to be
involved. In fact, we'll be depending on your help. Whether it's photographing
mammals you observe afield or around your home, or snapping a picture of what
your cat has brought home or an animal you find dead, the agency is looking for
your involvement. Stay tuned for more details, and know that we're counting
on your help!
- Greg Turner, Endangered and Threatened Mammals Biologist
Project SNOWstorm: Our recent winter is one that will not be soon forgotten in the birding community. We experienced a tremendous influx of snowy
owls - a large, white arctic breeder that usually reaches northern Pennsylvania
in small numbers during winter. This year, dozens of snowy owls were seen
throughout Pennsylvania, and many more in neighboring states. This "irruption" to the Lower 48 has provided ornithologists an exceptional opportunity
to further understand the behavior and condition of these owls during the
winter months. Project SNOWstorm was organized by Scott Weidensaul and
David Brinker to catch a few of these birds in several states to assess their body
condition and affix a small GPS unit to relay the birds' position. I had the opportunity to participate in catching one of these owls just a few miles from my
house. After finding one owl - appearing like a large snowball on the tip of a tree
branch - another was spotted on the ground less than 100 yards away! The trap
was set. We waited patiently with the frigid, blustering wind whipping across
agricultural landscape, while the owls looked inquisitively at the bait. One flew
toward the trap and landed just a few feet away. Would this be my chance of a
lifetime - to see this arctic beauty up close? It was our lucky night. Both owls
were captured and released without problem. Although they were too light for
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