Sunday, October 30, 2016

Rabbit Science: Life's a Bitch!

The Lemhi Valley is a high desert sagebrush steppe environment in eastern Idaho, and is the home to the pygmy rabbit. Data from tracking collars a team of scientists put on the rabbits and imagery from unmanned aerial vehicles help generate maps that show where and when the rabbits spend their time, and ultimately, how the mammals use and shape this ecosystem.

The scientists have chosen a broad approach, looking at behavioral, nutritional, chemical, spatial and physiological ecology to evaluate comprehensively the factors that influence habitat use. What they learn about the links between habitat features and habitat use could help inform future decisions involving land management and restoration for these types of environments.

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