Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI) : Institut de recherche du Mersey Tobeatic

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MTRI is a non-profit co-operative with a mandate to promote sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity conservation in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve and beyond through research, education, and the operation of a field station.

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Why are we studying flying squirrels?

Flying squirrels may be sensitive to fragmentation and as such, may be good indicators of landscape connectivity because they need mature trees to climb for gliding and to sleep in during the day. To understand the connectivity requirements of flying squirrels in Nova Scotia, local life history data are required to determine how long they live, how many young they have and how they disperse. With this project, live-trapping, passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags and nest boxes were used to collect life history data for flying squirrels. PIT tags are small glass microchips that are inserted under an animal’s skin and that provide the time, date and unique code for the animal when they pass through a circular antenna.


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