Accession Number : ADP001281

Title :   ELF (Extremely Low Frequency) Communications System Ecological Monitoring Program. Small Vertebrates: The Michigan Study Site Tasks 5.6, Small Mammals, and 5.12A, Nesting Birds.

Descriptive Note : Rept. no. 1 (Annual),


Personal Author(s) : Beaver,Donald L. ; Asher,James H. ; Hill,Richard W. ; Robbins,Robert J.

Report Date : 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 136

Abstract : Progress on the project to study the effects of the ELF Communication System on small mammals and nesting birds is detailed for the base period, 1982. Initial population surveys were conducted which showed that the main study species, the Black-capped Chickadee (Parus atricapillus) and the deer-mouse, (Peromyscus gracilis) were present and abundant on the pilot plot and several other plots which are potential sites for establishing permanent plots once the route of the ELF antenna is known. The pilot plot will serve as a testing site for studies of parental care, nestling growth and maturation, fecundity, homing, activity patterns, embryological development and metabolic physiology. Nesting boxes were placed on the pilot plot in September and October, 1982, to insure that animals would be available for these studies in the spring, 1983. A data-base management system was developed to coordinate the collection and analysis of data for the planned studies.

Descriptors :   *Mammals, *Birds, *Environmental impact, *Electromagnetic fields, Monitoring, Base lines, Population, Data acquisition, Ecosystems, Surveys, Nesting(Animals)

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE