Harry Dittrich has joined a "one-cubic-foot" expedition with National Geographic photographer David Liittschwager and Christopher Meyer, of the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of Natural History. Click here to read Dittrich's daily updates.
Check out the class blog relating their activities in Africa during the summer of 2014. (Note: Updates to the blog will be made whenever possible).
My experience as an intern at the Detroit Zoo is rewarding and highly essential to my growth as a biological professional. I am in the mammal department so every two weeks I go to a new rotation. By the end of the summer I will have shadowed keepers at seven exhibits. So far I have taken care of and interacted with giraffes, rhinos, zebras, common elands, warthogs, fallow deer, gorillas, chimps, lemurs, camels, elk, and barn animals like horses, yaks, cows, pigs and donkeys. The interns work together on enrichment for the animals, so I have also gotten the chance to interact with red-eyed tree frogs on an amphibian enrichment day. There are certain animals I've bonded with that I never would have considered to be one of my "favorite animals." It is a hard job and demands hours of physical labor, yet I've never felt more in my element at a job site than I do while working with the exotic animals that I've grown to care for so much. - Alexis Schefka, LSSU Conservation Biology major
Habitat Removal: White- tailed Deer
John Kilponen of Ann Arbor, MI studied the effects of Striped Maple (Acer Pennsylvanicum) removal on habitat use by White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) on Hiawatha Sportsmanís Club land. His results showed that removal of an undesirable species of tree can create access to habitat that was previously inaccessible to White-tailed deer. Also, as sivicultural practices change the forest mosaic certain guidelines can alter the regrowth of the habitats. This research is important for people managing land for both forestry practices and wildlife habitat.