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Wildlife Habitat

Improving our understanding about how forest practices affect wildlife habitat

Effects of Changing Hare Densities on Lynx Occurrences Throughout the Commercially Managed Landscape of Northwestern Maine

The snowshoe hare is a species of great importance in northern Maine as it is the primary prey species of the federally threatened Canada lynx. Hare populations have been shown to fluctuate over time in different parts of North America, but this has not been well documented in Maine, nor have the implications of these fluctuations on Canada lynx populations. This project adds to a time series of data on hare densities in northwestern Maine. This time series allows for better understanding of the dynamics of the snowshoe hare, and this understanding can be paired with research projects investigating the Canada lynx to draw conclusions about how changes in the snowshoe hare population impacts the Canada lynx. For more information on this project, look here

Relative Densities, Patch Occupancy, and Population Performance of Spruce Grouse in Managed and Unmanaged Forests in Northern Maine

The spruce grouse is a species of bird that is protected in Maine, and whose population has recently been classified as fragmented and vulnerable to extinction. The spruce grouse is thought to depend on conifer stands for habitat, which satellite imagery has indicated is declining in the state of Maine. This study investigates the habitat requirements of the spruce grouse, testing the hypothesis that it utilizes a wider variety of habitat types than is currently thought. See here for more information.