Small mammal trapping
Small mammal trapping will be a survey activity used to identify the presence of small mammals, such as rats and mice,.
Small mammal trapping should be conducted in early summer and late winter of each year. We use Sherman live traps for these surveys in a 6×6 grid formation in each vegetation zone on the ranch. Numerous trap nights will increase the success of this survey
Small mammal trapping will allow us to determine the presence of small mammals. We will be able to monitor changes correlated with implemented management practices across years.
Camera trapping will be an ongoing activity. This survey method is directed to large mammals on the property but will also capture incidental species.
At least one game cameras will be deployed in each vegetation zone on the property. The cameras should be maintained throughout the property during each season.
Camera trapping will provide insight on the large mammal community. Over time, the data from this survey will allow us to maintain a record of the various large mammals and incidental species found. The ongoing data can be compared to previous years’ data.
Owl pellet examination
Owl pellet examination is an indirect survey method for small mammals. An owl’s diet consists largely of small mammals. By harvesting and dissecting owl pellets, we will be able to identify small mammal species found on the ranch.
We will continuously attempt to identify owl roost(s). Owl boxes placed on the ranch can be used for this practice. We will collect owl pellets from identified roost sites, then dissect and identify the species consumed by the owls.
By locating an owl roost, we will have a source of owl pellets to dissect in future years to determine what small mammal species are present. Continuously conducting this practice will allow us to collect data on what mammal species are present.