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Wildlife Camera Photos from the Harvard Forest Moose & Deer Browsing Experiment

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In the fall of 2008, Highstead ecologist Ed Faison and research assistant Greta VanScoy mounted flashless digital game cameras on the moose and deer exclosures north of Fisher House and off Locust Opening Road. The goals were to document

  1. the relative use of the unfenced plots by deer and moose
  2. the use of the partial exclosures by deer
  3. any other wildlife passing through these harvested areas.

The first year of photos documented moose only in the Locust Opening Road cut, perhaps indicating an avoidance of the “Fisher Pines” cut, which is closer to a major road and to residential development. Moose were only detected in the morning before 8:00am or in the evening after 5:00pm, indicating that their activity was limited to cooler parts of the day.

Deer pictures were more common than moose at both sites, and deer were active at all times of the day, although they were more active in the morning and evening. Deer also foraged readily inside both partial exclosures. Other wildlife shots were uncommon, but included coyote, turkey, robin, and raven.

Photographs

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Two does inside the partial exclosure north of Fisher House (Sept. 2009)

 

 

Foraging buck in control plotWhite-tailed buck foraging in control plot in harvest north of Fisher House (July 2009)

 

 

Bounding deerTwo white-tailed deer bounding through Locust Opening harvest (May 2009)

 

 

Bluebird fly-overRobin or bluebird flying over the partial exclosure fence north of Fisher house (June 2009)

 

 

Wild turkey in partial exclosureWild turkey inside the partial exclosure north of Fisher house (June 2009)

 

 

Moose close-upEye to eye with a moose just outside the full exclosure off Locust Opening Road (August 2009)

 

 

Moose cow browsingCow moose browsing near the full exclosure off Locust Opening Road (August 2009)

 

 

Two bucks browsingA white-tailed buck just outside full exclosure and a second deer foraging in open control plot off Locust Opening Road (August 2009)

 

Two bucks at nightTwo white-tailed bucks standing at attention outside the full exclosure off Locust Opening Road (Sept. 2009)

 

 

Buck close-upWhite-tailed buck up close in the partial exclosure off Locust Opening Road (July 2009)

 

 

Cow moose with calfCow moose with calf passing through the Locust Opening Road harvest (Oct. 2008)

 

 

Coyote passing throughCoyote passing through the Locust Opening Road harvest (April 2009)

 

 

Cow moose close-upHead on with a cow moose at the Locust Opening Full Exclosure (Sept. 2009)

 

 

Bull moose browseBull moose browsing the Locust Opening Road harvest area (Dec. 2010)

 

 

Moose in snowMoose walks through a snowstorm to browse (April 2011)