21. Preferred Habitats of Small Mammals on Midway University Campus in Central Kentucky, USA

Raven Cannon Midway University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Elizabeth Danks Midway University
This study was conducted to observe and examine the small mammal species richness, abundance, and diversity, as well as habitat use, currently present on Midway University’s small, rural campus in central Kentucky. During June, 2018, the targeted small mammals were temporarily captured in Sherman live traps. There were eight different habitat types on campus used for the focus of the study: riparian area bushy, riparian area herbaceous, mowed lawn low tree density, mowed lawn moderate tree density, fence row bushy, fence row clear, pasture, and buildings. The 13 species of small mammals that were focused on in the study are as follows: Blarina brevicauda, Cryptotis parva, Microtus ochrogaster, Microtus pennsylvanicus, Microtus pinetorum, Peromyscus leucopus, Reithrodontomys humulis, Synaptomys cooperi, Tamias striatus, Pteromyini, Zapus hudsonius, Peromyscus maniculatus, Blarina carolinensis. The only species that were captured were Blarina carolinensis and Peromyscus leucopus. There was a total of nine captures out of 177 trap nights. We were unable to draw conclusions about the richness, diversity or habitat use on Midway’s Campus
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