May 10, 2018

CONSERVATION SCATS PROJECT

This project presents a unique opportunity to verify species by DNA analysis. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife analyzed 300 scat samples for this project.

PUBLICATION - JANUARY 2018
Results of the study were published in" Oikos - Synthesizing Ecology" in January 2018:
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/oik.04592

SUMMER COLLECTION - 2014

Journal Post: https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/truthseqr/6167-conservation-scats-project-2014-2016

https://www.inaturalist.org/calendar/truthseqr/2014/6/8

WINTER COLLECTION - 2015

Journal Post: https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/truthseqr/6167-conservation-scats-project-2014-2016

Photos: https://www.inaturalist.org/calendar/truthseqr/2015/1/17

SPRING COLLECTION - 2015

Journal Post: https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/truthseqr/6167-conservation-scats-project-2014-2016

Photos: https://www.inaturalist.org/calendar/truthseqr/2015/3/1

Conservation Scats Project – Field Notes

• The latrines along Upper Wildcat Canyon and Upper High Meadow seem to have been washed out by yesterday’s rainstorm. I found relatively few scats in the area that has yielded the most samples in the past. And several of the scats I collected from this area were in poor condition due to the rain.
• I was hoping to get a picture of the partial mountain lion track we saw last week in Upper Wildcat Canyon, but it was washed away with the rain.
• I thought I saw porcupine quills in two of the scats, but Justine thinks they’re bird feathers. Makes sense. On closer inspection you can see part of the fluffy feather.
• I noticed two places along Hammond-Snyder Loop Trail where animals have dug holes under the fence to get into the cemetery where there’s a pool of standing water near the fence at the south end.
• One of the coyote scats was deposited on top of horse droppings – so funny!
• One of the coyote scats on Hammond-Snyder Loop Trail has those peculiar seeds/nuts that are oblong with a crease down the center. I wish I knew what those were.
• I didn't see any bobcat scat this week (3/1/2015)

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