Lucas Castro, West Texas A&M University

Habitat Use By Mammals In A Canadian River Drainage Complex

Abstract: Camera trapping has become a valuable tool in documenting and studying animal species across the globe. Technological advancements in recent years in cameras and the software to process the data has allowed different research questions to be asked. We used six camera traps spread across three main drainages to capture how the varied microhabitats affected mammal communities. The research was conducted at Cross Bar Management Area, Potter County, Texas. This property is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and lies just northwest of the city of Amarillo. The three drainages used in the area were Horse Creek, Ranch Creek, and West Amarillo Creek. We captured a total of nine species of mammals on the cameras. Our results were that there was no change in detection of mammals in upper to lower canyons, however, the two habitats shared only 33.3% of species.

Presentation Author(s):
Lucas Castro*

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