Madison NewtonBlockedUnblockFollowFollowingSep 20, 2016The Influence of Moonlight on Flying Squirrel Activity PatternsMy data collection began with the checking of 20 trail cameras from the bear study. I placed the necessary batteries into each camera and turned them into setup mode to check their ability to function. I ended this check with five duds.I brought each of the working cameras into the mammalogy labs to make sure everyone understood what my thesis is centered around. After giving everyone straps, tape, batteries, and a map, I explained what we would be doing. I explained that they would be checking these cameras every three days to keep the SD cards from filling up, as well as checking for battery percentage.The next step on my data collection schedule was to show the three mammalogy labs how to work these trail cameras. This picture shows Josh messing around with the setup function to make sure the camera collects the right data. He is setting the sensitivity, date and time, temperature, camera mode, and number of images taken.After we had finished setting up the trail cameras for data collection, we took them into the woods for placements. Each group brought their camera a little ways off the least frequently used trails. They placed their cameras at hip height and laid a small pile of bait (corn, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and peanuts) ten feet in front of the camera. They then armed the camera, marked the spot in the trail that they had walked off from, and headed back to class.This final picture is one that I had collected last year, during my mammalogy study. My thesis will be based on finding a bunch of these flying squirrels around campus. As you can see at the top left of this picture going across, this flying squirrel was caught on film at 9:20 pm on November 10th, 2015 and the temperature was 42 degrees fahrenheit with a new moon. The flying squirrel is seen in the bottom right side of this image filling its cheeks with corn.