SALMoN is collaborating with researchers from the University of Alaska Southeast, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and students from Knox College and Mt Edgecumbe High School to study insect abundance and diversity in the artificial gaps created at Starrigavan Valley. These gaps are part of a program of to restore wildlife habitat in logged forests.
This study will compare insect abundance and diversity between the gaps (which have an open forest canopy) and the surrounding forest. This study is especially pertinent to the science of ecological restoration because: most gaps studies have focused on plants or deer, data on insects in Southeast Alaska are limited, and while deer and salmon are the focus of most conservation and restoration projects in Southeast Alaska, this project is an effort to learn more about different aspects of Southeast Alaskan ecosystems.
SALMoN is collecting insects in pitfall traps for five days in a row, in the months of July, August, and September 2013. In Fall 2013, insects will be identified and results analyzed under the supervision of Professors Kitty LaBounty and Derek Sikes.
The next insect collection days are:
August 1-5, and Aug 29-Sep 2
Below is a short video showing the protocol to set and maintain pitfall traps (still in development 7/24/2013)