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Leslie Canyon NWR Prepares for 2007 on going Herpetological/Small Mammal Monitoring
Southwest Region, March 28, 2007
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Herpetological funnel trap with drift fence in riparian area.  Photo taken by Chris Lohrengel on 3/29/2006 Leslie Canyon NWR, Cochise County, AZ.
Herpetological funnel trap with drift fence in riparian area. Photo taken by Chris Lohrengel on 3/29/2006 Leslie Canyon NWR, Cochise County, AZ. - Photo Credit: n/a
Herpetological funnel trap with drift fence in grassland area.  Photo taken by Chris Lohrengel on 3/29/2006, Leslie Canyon NWR, Cochise County, AZ.
Herpetological funnel trap with drift fence in grassland area. Photo taken by Chris Lohrengel on 3/29/2006, Leslie Canyon NWR, Cochise County, AZ. - Photo Credit: n/a

Refuge staff prepared funnel traps and made necessary repairs to drift fences in preparation for the 2007 herpetological and small mammal monitoring that the refuge has been conducting since 2000.  The study is part of a long term analysis of the population and species make up of the unique ash/walnut riparian and the giant sacaton grassland area in Leslie Canyon.  The design consists of eight sets of funnel traps, two traps per set, set between drift fences with pitfall traps set at the ends.  In addition to herpetological and small mammal study there is also a monitoring study on velvet ants that is being conducted to take advantage if the set up.  The site was prepared and set up in the last week of March and will be opened on the first Monday in April.  The study usually runs until the end of October or until the refuge receives its first hard freeze, whichever occurs first.


Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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