March 17, 2021
Ecology of American martens in the transitional boreal-deciduous forests of Adirondack Park
Paul G. Jensen, Adjunct Associate Professor, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, Syracuse, NY
American martens (Martes americana) are small, forest-dependent carnivores that rely on complex forest structure to meet their life history requirements. Previous research in the northeastern U.S. has also demonstrated that marten populations are closely linked with pulsed mast crops (e.g., as produced by American beech [Fagus grandifolia] and American mountain ash [Sorbus americana]). These pulses result in strong bottom-up effects that have both immediate and time-lagged consequences on these predators and their small mammal prey. Please join us as Dr. Jensen discusses the fascinating natural history of these carnivores and his previous research in Adirondack Park, and shares recent results of American Wildlife Conservation Fundsponsored research to develop and deploy small (<30 g) GPS collars on martens to better understand movements and space use relative to mast pulses.
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