SATURDAY JANUARY 5th Secret Lives… A Trail Camera Project 2:00 pm:
Join Dr. Ed McGowan, Director of Science at Bear Mountain, for a presentation at DESMOND FISH LIBRARY.
What happens to a deer when it dies in the woods? Lots. A parade of scavengers, from Common Raven to Bald Eagle to Bobcat, recycle the carcass in short order. Using motion activated cameras, park researchers chronicle the expected and unexpected wild animals drawn to the life-supporting protein of a dead deer. The images reveal the importance of this food source for regional rarities, such as Golden Eagle, and the risks to wildlife from lead poisoning from unrecovered hunter-shot deer. Highlights from other camera trapping projects, including an effort to estimate the size of our local Black Bear population, will be also be shared.