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Wednesday, January 27 • 10:40am - 11:00am
American Marten Den Site Characteristics in Michigan’s Northern Lower Peninsula

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AUTHORS: Melissa Nichols*, Grand Valley State University; Paul Keenlance, Grand Valley State University; Joseph Jacquot, Grand Valley State University

ABSTRACT: We sought to determine the habitat variables that could be used to characterize den sites selected by American marten Martes americana and to describe specific denning structures within the Manistee National Forest in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. We used radio-telemetry to track female marten during the denning seasons in 2012 to 2014 and analyzed both the denning structure used as well as the habitat surrounding the den. We found that den trees were significantly larger than the trees that surround the den (p

Wednesday January 27, 2016 10:40am - 11:00am EST
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