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Date Posted: 05/11/07 11:59:52am
Author: Tammy (Need info)
Subject: Re: NFSA Conference Research Reports

>I'm going to try and summarize Tom's presentation from
>memory. I didn't take notes.Those of you who attended,
>please add to/correct my recall.
>
> Studying Flying Squirrels in their Natural
> Environment: An Ecologist's Bag of Tricks
> Thomas Risch, Ph.D.
>
> Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology
> Department of Biological Sciences
> Arkansas State University
> Jonesboro, Arkansas
>
> Tom has been doing his research for 6 years and he
>has captured and tagged thousands of flyers. The
>captured flyers were tagged with those computer chip
>after being examined, weighted, sexed, etc. His study
>looks at feeding behaviors. He put feeding stations
>out baited with unshelled pecans. When a flyer entered
>the station, it's chip was scanned so it was known
>which flyer fed where. The results I remember include:
>1. A flyer's normal range is 40 acres.
>2. Males tend to roam the range and females stay
>closer to "home".
>3. In scarse food years, more male pups are produced.
>4. In abundant food years, more female pups are
>produced.
>5. The youngest birth mother was FOUR months old!
>6. Best height for nest/feeding boxes was 15 feet.
>
>
> Food Hoarding and Group Nesting Behavior
> in Southern Flying Squirrels
> Mike Winterrowd, PhD.
> Post Doctoral Fellow
> Auburn University
>
>
>Mike looked at hoarding behavior and recovery of
>stashed nuts. He wanted to see if flyers recovered
>nuts randomly, by smell or from memory.
>
>1. He set up a sand box and the flyers buried nuts.
>They
> would dig up a certain percentage.
>2. He then moved their buried nuts a few centimeters
>and
> they recovered fewer.
>3. He made the nuts unsmellable and repeated the above
>with
> the same results.
>4. He added landmarks to the sandbox ie bricks and the
> recovered rate was the highest.
>
>Conclusion was that flyers use memory in recovery
>process.
>
> Don't we have smart babies! Leah will report on
>Michelle's study.

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