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Publication Date

Winter 2019


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 the completion of the second annual field season of a long term study to analyze biodiversity trends at the St. Norbert Abbey. Using visual searches, live trapping, and trail cameras, the biodiversity and abundance of species were examined. Special emphasis was placed on small mammals, though other groups were observed and documented. The goals of this project are to (1) collect data annually on diversity and abundance measures to allow for examination of variation and long term trends; and (2) further a research partnership and platform capable of providing stakeholders with pertinent biological data to ensure sound conservation and management decisions.