Long term biological studies are rare but incredibly valuable for examining natural phenomena. Data collected over many years or decades allows for analyses of trends that would never be apparent in a single season. The research presented here is for the completion of the first field season in a long term study analyzing biodiversity trends at the St. Norbert Abbey. Using visual searches, live trapping, and trail cameras, the biodiversity and abundance of species was examined. Special emphasis was placed on small mammals, though other species were observed and documented. The goals of this project were to (1) provide preliminary diversity and abundance measures to allow for examination of annual variation and long term trends in species diversity and abundance and (2) establish a partnership and research platform able to provide stakeholders with pertinent biological data to ensure sound conservation and management decisions.
Nowak, Mikaela; Hennes, MacKenzie; and Brandt, Adam L., "Biodiversity and Conservation Study of the St. Norbert Abbey, De Pere, Wisconsin - 2017 Annual Report" (2018). Student Creative and Scholarly Works. 3.