Habitat Changes Influence Scavengers

raven chick nest powerlineChanges to landscapes due to human activities can affect scavengers.  Power line towers in relatively treeless sagebrush ecosystems are preferred nesting sites for ravens, birds which are both predators and scavengers.  The addition of these artificial nesting locations appears linked to the raven’s increased abundance in these ecosystems over recent decades.  For more on this, check out http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/08/140811132302.htm

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Veterans’ Citizen Science Project on “Sandbox Chronicles”

Sandbox Chronicles logoThe Veterans’ Citizen Science Pilot Project was the subject of the July 21 “Sandbox Chronicles.”  This program on Citizen Television in New Haven (Channel 96) focuses on the transition of Iraq and Afghan veterans.   Video of the show will be posted later.

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Veterans’ Citizen Science Pilot Project on “Voice of the Veteran”

Voice of the Veteran logoOur Veterans’ Citizen Science Pilot was featured on the July 18th airing of ”Voice of the Veteran” on WNHU, hosted by Gabe Kautzner and Justin Furuare.  This show is dedicated to making veterans aware of resources available to aid their transition following military service.

Audio from the program is accessible below:

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Wildlife CSI Summer 2014 – Pilot Study with Veterans as Participants

forward observer for blogDuring this year, we will not be offering a citizen science competition as we did last summer.  Instead we are conducting a pilot study looking at the response of Veterans as they view wildlife images from our project and are gathering Veterans’ input regarding the development of this citizen science program.   If you are a Veteran in the Connecticut area and would like to take part, please see the menu link above and the accompanying recruitment flier at Trinity College Veterans Citizen Science Flyer summer 2014

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It’s not easy being a scavenger.

Cape VultureWe will be thinking a fair amount about scavengers in BIOL 182 as we consider ecology.  This news piece relates some challenges faced by vultures in southern Africa.


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Three Weeks into Wildlife CSI – Fall 2013

CSI Fall 2013 Team Standings_131111Here are the latest team standings (click on table to enlarge) as of Monday (11/11) morning.  Keep up the good work.  Looks like it will be an exciting run for the pizza dinner.  Thanks for your involvement.

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Wildlife CSI Fall 2013 – Current Team Standings

CSI Fall 2013 Team Standings_131105Two weeks of Wildlife CSI have now passed.  The contest remains very close, with the Trinvestigators maintaining their lead from last week.  At this early point, any team could be the leader next week, if they provide a strong showing of carefully identified images.

Collectively, your class has now provided over 31,000 image categorizations.  Thanks for this big contribution to our scavenging ecology research!

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Love Your Dog? Thank an Ancient Composter.

wolf  human dog postingHuman-dog interactions go back a long ways.   Composting may figure into that history.   As a paper published this spring argues, this human-canine association might have originated with wolves scavenging from ancient compost piles.  Check out coverage of this research at


What canids (members of the dog family) have you encountered in the CSI images?

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Wildlife CSI – Fall 2013: Team Standings after Week 1

CSI Fall 2013 Team Standings 131028Week 1 of Wildlife CSI – Fall 2013 is now done.  Here are the complete team standings as of this morning.  Thanks for your involvement.  Looks like some close competition.

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Bad Bears

Andean bears attack cameraGlad that we don’t have to deal with these guys at the field site for our experiment.   See the linked news article to learn about these bad bears. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131022131656.htm

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