A (Brief) Year In Review
It's been a while since I've posted about the Rhode Island Fisher Study, we've been quite busy! Here's a recap of the year from the RIFS crew:
We've completed 2 more season of camera trapping and amassed over 1 million photos this past year. That's a lot of data! We've been hard at work tagging all the photos so we know what species we've seen, particularly where we are seeing fisher across the state. Currently, we are halfway through our winter photo session and looking forward to pulling cameras next month.
Live-trapping and collaring
Our first season was a huge success with the capture of 21 individuals in just 2 months. We were able to relocate most of the collared fishers, and those we could not relocate we captured on cameras in the summer months healthy and prospering. Additionally, we were able to get some great video of one of our mothers (F11 - Toph) bringing her kits out of the den for the first time. We are excited to have started our second trapping season to see which furry friends we may catch this year!
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Laken Ganoe is a PhD student at the University of Rhode Island studying fisher ecology across the state of Rhode Island. She loves sharing her findings and research updates in an informative but comical way.