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Counting Deer with Cameras

Posted on February 25, 2012 by Matthew S., 9th Grade

Counting DeerFor the first few weeks of school Samuel G., Austin L., and I conducted a deer survey on Beaver Creek Reserve. We wanted to know how many deer were in the woods at Beaver Creek. After some research and talking with Mr. Tweed, we learned that a deer survey had been done a few years ago. We decided that we would compare our data with that survey as well.

In order to do the survey we would need 200 pounds of corn, four Cuddeback Cameras and four locations to put the corn and the cameras at. We would be surveying 400 acres, and have one site every 100 acres. We went onto Arc GIS and got an aerial photo of Beaver Creek Reserve. We then had to make a one hundred acre grid to go over it. After that we found the center of each hundred acres. Once we had those locations, we went and found them in the woods. After that we would have to bait the deer to our sites. We put 20 pounds of corn out and went back every few days to put some more corn out. After having corn out for two weeks it was time to put the cameras out. We would have the cameras up and taking pictures for one week. At the end of that week we took the cameras down.

Once we gathered all of our data we put it into the computer. After we did that we made it into graphs and charts. We concluded that there are more deer now than in 2006. I really liked doing this project because it was fun and we got to be outside. I hope I can do this project again next year and see how many deer there are in 2012.

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