Wildlife Survey of the Muddy River and Wheelock College.

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Wildlife Survey of the Muddy River and Wheelock College.

Wildlife Survey of the Muddy

River and Wheelock College

Jesse Howroyd

Michelle Carmack

Sara Levine

Wheelock College


Abstract

The degradation of the Muddy River has received

considerable attention over the last few years with

restoration plans currently underway. One method

of evaluating the health of this ecosystem is to

examine the density and distribution of plant and

animal species. The purpose of this specific study

was to observe and identify animals along the Muddy

River and nearby Wheelock campus. Data were

collected throughout the year using a combination of

field guides and digital photography. 25 avian

species were identified, including domestic

waterfowl, woodpeckers, wading birds, and diurnal

raptors. In addition, several species of mammals,

reptiles, and fish were observed. This study

provides us with valuable information regarding the

status of the Muddy River and surrounding areas

and the extent to which humans have impacted this

fragile urban ecosystem.


Introduction

In this study, we focused on

identifying different animals

and observing their typical behaviors

throughout the year. Using a

combination of animal calls, tracks,

and behaviors we were able to

identify animals around the Muddy

River and the Wheelock Campus.


• Field guides

Methods

Animal Tracking and Behavior Donald, Lillian Stokes.

Stokes Field Guide to Birds Donald, Lillian Stokes.

• Digital photography

• Recorded data while in the field

• Data collected throughout the year


• American Black Duck

• American Crow

• American Robin

• Black- Capped Chickadee

• Blue Jay

• Brown Creeper

• Canada Goose

• Common Grackle

• Downy Woodpecker

• European Starling

• Great Blue Heron

• Goldfinch

• Herring Gull

Avian Species

• Hooded Merganser

• House Finch

• House Sparrow

• Mallard

• Mourning Dove

• Northern Cardinal

• Northern Mockingbird

• Peregrine Falcon

• Red-Tailed Hawk

• Red-winged Black Bird

• Rock Dove

• Tufted-Titmouse

• White Breast Nuthatch

• Wild Turkey

• Wood Duck


American Black Duck

www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide...

Red Winged Blackbird

www.learner.org/.../spring/BlackBirdGuide.html

Avian Species

Great Blue Heron

www.livingwilderness.com/wildlife/heron.html

Tufted Titmouse

www.cmsu.edu/naturecentral/html/Picturepage.html


Mammals

• Brown Rat

• Common Muskrat

• Eastern Chipmunk

• Eastern Grey

Squirrel

• Striped Skunk

Other Species

Reptile

• Painted Turtle

Fish

• Carp


Common Muskrat

http://wildernessclassroom.com/superior/great_lakes_anim

al_of_the_day/

Carp

library.thinkquest.org/5512/carp.htm

Other Species

Painted Turtle

www.richard-seaman.com/.../Reptiles/index.html

Eastern Chipmunk

www.bcpl.net/~cvpark/pics/Eastern_Chipmunk.html


Conclusions

• Majority of animals identified were avian

species

• Few mammals identified due to nocturnal

behavior

• Despite the polluted condition, the Muddy

River ecosystem is still home to a variety of

animals


Special Thanks to…

The Students in Wheelock College Courses:

� Animal Behavior

� Introduction to Plants and Animals

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