American Marten Martes americana fieldstudy, Nova Scotia Canada
Several years ago the Wildlife Division
of Nova Scotia's Department of Natural Resources started a fieldstudy
to determine the habitat use and distribution of one of it's endangered
species, the Pine Marten. Weymouth area in the south of the province
and the more rugged Cape Breton Highlands in the north were used as
the two major study area's including 12 different research sites.
Location of the study area's and
an article about the pine marten recovery project in Nature's Resources
(click to see).
trapping sessions resulted in several animals which were collared with
AVM and Holohill transmitters. For several months these animals were
tracked and locations were recorded. "Livetrap
crew", Bell Lake area, CB Highlands
the skidoo tracks on Highland Road, CB Highlands.
Coffeebreak while checking a bobcat trapline at the mainland.
A trapped pine marten and an unwanted
bycatch of American mink (Mustela vison)
Leaving Kentville for a telemetry session on the major logging
roads in the Weymouth area.
Hairsnags are used to collect hairsamples for genetic research
in order to proof marten presence."Hairsnag-team"
on Kelly's Mountain, CB Highlands
This female animal was collared in January 2003 and found back
several months later (May) while she was resting in her den.