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May 2002

Release Date: May 06, 2002

ASU Biology Prof Receives Grant to Study Wildlife in Brown County

Angelo State University biology Professor Robert C. Dowler has received a $24,000 grant from the State of Texas to conduct an inventory of mammals, reptiles and amphibians at the Texas Army National Guard Training Site at Camp Bowie near Brownwood.

The study will be used to establish a baseline of the wildlife species that have habitats on the 8,752acre training site in central Brown County. The study is being funded by the State of Texas Adjutant General's Office. Dr. Dowler, the principal investigator on the project, will be assisted by James A. Holm, a teaching assistant in the ASU Biology Department.

Work on the project is expected to begin in May and continue through December of 2003. The work will include a systematic survey and documentation of the wildlife species that occupy the study area. The primary emphasis will be on rodents, bats and medium-sized mammals as well as on amphibians and reptiles. Larger mammals, such as coyotes, bobcats and deer, will be recorded as detected during other field activities or by track stations.

This sampling information will then be used to estimate the relative abundance by species and habitat. The project will also establish protocols and appropriate sampling techniques so that similar research can be conducted on a periodic basis in the future to monitor changes in the populations and to identify causes for those changes.

The researchers will take samples three to five days each month for a year to help establish the appropriate database necessary to estimate wildlife populations. After the sampling work is completed, the researchers will prepare a final report for the state agency and that report will become a baseline for future studies.

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