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Biologists Study Sensitive Wildlife in the Tahoe Basin

TitleBiologists Study Sensitive Wildlife in the Tahoe Basin
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2004-02-03
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #53 - "Pine Marten Study" (Air Date: February 3, 2004). Scott McMorrow from California State Parks discuss his work with a local fifth grade class on a project using remote sensor cameras to observe local forest wildlife, specifically the Pine Marten.
SubjectMartens -- Ecology -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
Martens -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2005-03-14
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 53: "Pine Marten Study" Air Date: February 3, 2004 Anchor Intro: You've probably never heard of a Pine Marten. It's a small creature that lives in the forests around Lake Tahoe. But since the pine marten usually only comes out at night, scientists use specialized techniques to study the animal. Shelly Purdy explains in tonight's Lake Tahoe Report. ((Take Pkg)) ((Track 1)) Scott McMorrow spends a lot of time trudging out in the snow to set up his remote sensor cameras. These cameras are motion and heat activated. And, they're designed to take pictures of the critters living in the forest. ((sot @ 13:56 Scott McMorrow, California State Parks)) "You need to get the animals here. Usually you use something nice and juicy like strawberry jelly and chicken works really well. Gets a lot of different animals to the bait. ((track 2)) Animals like raccoons, bears, rabbits, dogs and even people every once in a while are all attracted to the camera. But Scott is really only interested in the Pine Marten. ((Sot @ 14:44)) "Pine Marten is my goal because it's an upper level forest carnivore if you will. Higher level on the food chain, and it represents the health of the forest ecosystem here." ((track 3)) It's a tough job setting up and keeping track of so many remote sensor cameras. So Scott enlisted the help of a local fifth grade class. The class helped set up a camera by their school, and kept track of the animals that came to visit. ((sot @ 4:51 Nicole Younger)) "After we had the pictures back we put together a poster to show what we learned about the project." ((sot @ :34 Allyssa Hilker)) "Pine martens, if we have them in our forests our forests can provide the food for them and our forests are healthy." ((track 4)) It's a way for these students to do some hands-on learning, and a way for Scott to get help with his research. ((sot @ 16:13)) "Wildlife is very interesting to most people especially to kids and it's nice to show them look at the wildlife that's right outside your back door." ((track 5)) With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO News Channel 8." Anchor Tag: By the way, the remote camera research can only be done in the wintertime because most bears are hibernating during the winter. When bears get a hold of the camera system, they usually destroy the camera.

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