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150 things that make Lehigh University what it is today

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As part of the Lehigh University sesquicentennial celebration, the University is rolling out a list of some of the things that have helped Lehigh become such an interesting and unique place.

The “lost” forest made the list at #93!

Some of the fun that Lehigh students have in this historically unique forest is highlighted here and here.

Camera traps, June 2014

Velvet-covered antlers in the Lehigh Experimental Forest.

Velvet-covered antlers in the Lehigh Experimental Forest.

More data from the Lehigh Experimental Forest camera traps. Our complete list of “trapped” species since October now includes:

  • Buteo jamaicensis (Red-tailed hawk)
  • Canis lupus familiaris (Domestic dog)
  • Felis catus (Domestic cat)
  • Homo sapiens (Human)
  • Marmota monax (groundhog)
  • Meleagris gallopavo (wild turkey)
  • Odocoileus virginianus (White-tailed deer)
  • Procyon lotor (Raccoon)
  • Sciurus carolinensis (Gray squirrel)
  • Sylvilagus floridanus (Eastern cottontail)
  • Tamias striatus (Eastern chipmunk)
  • Turdus migratorius (American Robin)
  • Vulpes vulpes (Red fox)

A few highlights from the two video cameras (wild turkey at the end!):

 

Save the Tangled Bank!

rkbooth:

Nice article Michelle. Too bad the paper didn’t publish it. The site has historical significance and is a great outdoor laboratory for students.

Originally posted on In the Forgotten Forest:

Although I submitted this article to Lehigh’s student newspaper a few months ago, The Brown and White, it never got published (in the paper or online) for unbeknownst reasons. It refers to the upcoming plans to renovate Williams Hall, and my concerns for the future fascinating and historical forest directly adjacent to the building.

The recently drafted Campus Master Plan lays out the administrative vision for future improvements to Lehigh’s Campus. (Check out the whole plan at https://www.lehigh.edu/~inspig/lu_cmp_book_10-4-12.pdf).  I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to attend a graduate student senate meeting focused on aspects of this plan, and was very troubled by the idea to re-landscape the area behind Williams Hall (the building behind Linderman Library that housed Earth and Environmental Sciences before STEPS was built) to allow more pedestrian access. Although plans have not been implemented yet, I worry that the ecological, historical, and educational significance…

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Tweeting from the field: last day in the Lehigh Experimental Forest

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Pictures from the camera traps (November 2013)

Camera trap.

Camera trap.

More data from the Lehigh Experimental Forest camera traps have arrived. Our complete list of “trapped” species since October 2013 now includes:

Buteo jamaicensis (Red-tailed hawk)
Canis lupus familiaris (Domestic dog)
Felis catus (Domestic cat)
Homo sapiens (Human)
Odocoileus virginianus (White-tailed deer)
Procyon lotor (Raccoon)
Sciurus carolinensis (Gray squirrel)
Sylvilagus floridanus (Eastern cottontail)
Tamias striatus (Eastern chipmunk)
Turdus migratorius (American Robin)
Vulpes vulpes (Red fox)

The new species during this sampling interval (click images to enlarge)

Tamias striatus (Eastern chipmunk).

Tamias striatus (Eastern chipmunk).

Turdus migratorius (American Robin).

Turdus migratorius (American Robin).

The highlight during this sampling interval. Bubo virginianus (Great horned owl).

The highlight during this sampling interval! That is a big bird!  When I first examined the image, I thought I saw ear tufts which would indicate that this was Bubo virginianus (Great horned owl). However, the mottled white patches on the shoulders and the dark lines in the tail are consistent with a juvenille red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis). Although I still see tufts on the head, these may be the result of blur caused by the motion of the bird.

Canis lupus familiaris (Domestic dog). Almost certainly belongs to a hiker, and not a regular, independent visitor to the forest like the Felix catus that returns frequently.

Canis lupus familiaris (Domestic dog) that almost certainly belongs to a hiker. Not a regular, independent visitor to the forest like the Felis catus that returns frequently. At first I didn’t see it in this image.

(Eastern Cottontail)

Sylvilagus floridanus (Eastern Cottontail)

Homo sapiens (humans). This appears to be a bald ecologist and his assistant examining the deer exclosures.

Homo sapiens (humans). This appears to be an aging ecologist and his young  assistant examining the deer exclosures. :)

A few nice images of previous visitors

A nice shot of a red fox (Vulpes vulpes) on its way to somewhere else.

A nice shot of a red fox (Vulpes vulpes) on its way to somewhere else.

You can count the ticks on this one.

You can count the ticks on this one. Odocoileus virginianus (white-tailed deer)

These guys have a party in the Experimental Forest every night. Odocoileus virginianus (White-tailed deer)

These guys have a party in the Experimental Forest every night (see video at end). Odocoileus virginianus (White-tailed deer).

This individual is in charge of the place at night. Felix cats (domestic cat).

This individual is in charge of the place at night. Likes to hunt from the downed trees. Felis catus (domestic cat).

We had one camera recording video this time. Below is a video of the feast that occurs every night. No surprise that there has been virtually no tree recruitment for decades…

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