Field Trip - Wildlife Monitoring Techniques - Class 2009

Field Trip Wildlife Monitoring Techniques Class 2009 field studies for the Panhandle Chapter of The Texas Master Naturalists were conducted in two locations on 04/25/2009. The first location was behind the "Horse Barn" at West Texas A&M located just outside of Canyon, Texas and the second location was at the Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge.

At the Horse Barn location the class was instructed in Sherman live capture traps for small mammals such as field mice and voles, and larger box live capture traps for mammals such as opossums, and skunks. Dr. Ray Matlack and two of his graduate students were the instructors. Also at this location reptiles - turtles (and a few fish) were caught in live traps at the small lake located on the property. The reptile part of the class was conducted by Dr. Richard Kazmaier and one of his graduate students. Both Dr. Matlack and Dr. Kazaier are professors at West Texas A&M University.

The second leg of the field trip was conducted by Dr. Matlack and his graduate students and featured radio location and tracking of porcupines.

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Texas Master Naturalist Group

Dr. Matlack showing Sherman Trap

Grad Student measuring the mouse

Opossum in live trap

Group is standing back - skunk in this trap
where is that graduate student?

We gave the skunk a wide berth!

Turtle traps

Turtle traps


Dr. Rich Kazmaier
describing the techniques

Dr. Rich Kazmaier
hauling in a trap

Buffalo Lake
Grad Student
describing radio transmitter

Group off to locate porcupines

Porcupine in tree with transmitter

Many thanks to Dr. Ray Matlack, Dr. Rich Kazmaier and their graduate students for the informative class.

Dr. Ray Matlack bio and website is located here: