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Wednesday, August 13, 2014; Noon to 1 PM

Wildlife Monitoring on the Pajarito Plateau

Audrey Smith, Emily Phillips, & Maria Musgrave

Students with Cooper's hawk

Many people do not realize that in addition to the typical mission-critical research conducted at Los Alamos National Laboratory, maintaining a healthy, well-rounded local ecosystem is also one of the Lab’s top priorities. Los Alamos’ wetlands support unique biodiversity and supply a number of species with vital sources of water.

Through the Wetland Wildlife Camera Project and the Avian Nestbox Network, Laboratory researchers have been monitoring the local bird and wildlife population’s feeding habits, reproductive success, nestling sex ratios, immunological changes, physical changes in eggs, and parasite loads in order to evaluate the effects of Lab operations and other environmental stressors.

In this talk, three undergraduate students assigned for the summer to the Environmental Stewardship Services group will discuss the results of their work including what these monitoring systems are telling us about our effects on local wetlands and wildlife.

Admission is free and open to the public. Bring your lunch and join us for this special presentation.

updated 8/11/14 8:13 AM