Archive for July, 2008

An unexpected visitor

July 28, 2008

We occasionally catch non-rodents in our Sherman traps, but this month the crew caught something new. A toad!Portal 1 26July08

Maybe he saw all the rodents going into boxes and thought he’d see what the fuss was all about. The crew released him and he went on his merry way….probably with a lower opinion of rodents!

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Expect more updates from this month’s rodent trapping as we process all the events!

Pictures taken by A. Ernest.

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Coming Soon

July 3, 2008

This is the blog for the Portal Project, an ecological study of rodents, ants and plants that was begun in 1977. This long-term study is currently run by Thomas J. Valone (Saint Louis University), James H. Brown (University of New Mexico), and me (S.K. Morgan Ernest; Utah State University). The purpose of this blog is to inform interested parties of recent research results and current impressions gained from the field. We go down every month for the rodent census, twice yearly for the plants, and annually for the plants. Stay tuned as we get the blog up and running.