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"SHREW TALK" - Vol. 1, No. 16 - 9 September 1997

SHREW TALK - 9 September 1997 - Vol. 1, No. 16
Number of Recipients: >229
Contents of this Issue
o Research
1. Sorex palustris brooksi
2. Literature on Sorex preblei
3. Thesis on community structure of shrews in northeastern Washington
o Shrew Bibliography: New Papers
o What's New on the Shrew (ist's) Site
o Shrew Talk Instructions
1) Sorex palustris brooksi
From: "Hartman, Lisa" <LHARTMAN@fwhdept.env.gov.bc.ca>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 1997 17:44:00 -0700
I have just finished the second field season of the Vancouver Island Water Shrew inventory, and things went better this year than last. We caught Sorex palustris brooksi on 10/16 traplines, at 5/6 sites on the island. Genetic analyses are underway, and will be combined with morphometric analysis to evaluate the taxonomic status of this subspecies. In addition, a lot of habitat data has been collected at each sample site, which I will be starting to analyze once I am moved over to my new base at University of British Columbia (UBC). It is a broad scale presence/"absence" inventory, though, and I don't think that we have sampled enough sites for clear trends to emerge regarding habitat associations.
Next I am hoping to run a live-trap session with the help of volunteers, to affix a small transmitter and learn something about distance travelled from stream, length of stream occupied, etc. We have not been live-trapping to date, and I find myself increasingly uncomfortable about that (even though it may be justified based on logistics and funding limitations). My protocol has been to pull the line on first detection, but in some cases two animals are caught in one night.
Given their wide range on Vancouver Island, and our success in catching them this year, I am beginning to think they may not be as rare as previously thought, but it is really too early to tell. In any case, I find it difficult to decide how cautious to be with trapping techniques when the conservation status of the species is ambiguous, and live trapping so significantly reduces the number of sites I am able to survey. Perhaps I'll revisit "shrewtalk", which I seem to recall discusses some of these questions. Any thoughts on this?
Regards, Lisa
2) Literature on Sorex preblei
From: W. Haberl
Re: SHREW TALK: Vol. 1, No. 15 - 4 September 1997: Preble's shrew
A few references from 'The Shrew Bibliography': Sorex preblei Jackson, 1922
Carraway, L.N., B.J. Verts. 1994. Relationship of mandibular morphology to relative bite force in some Sorex from western North America. Pp. 201-210. In: J.F. Merritt, G.L. Kirkland Jr., R.K. Rose (eds.). Advances in the Biology of Shrews. Carnegie Museum of Natural History Special Publication no. 18, x + 458 pp.
Cornely, J.E., L.N. Carraway, B.J. Verts. 1992. Sorex preblei. Mammalian Species 0(416): 1-3.
Harris, A.H., L.N. Carraway. 1993. Sorex preblei from the Late Pleistocene of New Mexico. Southwestern Naturalist 38(1): 56-58.
Hoffmann, R.S., R.D. Fisher. 1978. Additional distributional records of PrebleÕs shrew (Sorex preblei). J. Mamm. 59: 883-884.
Long, C.A., R.S. Hoffmann. 1992. Sorex preblei from the Black Canyon, first recorded for Colorado. Southwestern Naturalist 37(3): 318-319.
Ports, M.A., S.B. George. 1990. Sorex preblei in the northern Great Basin. Great Basin Naturalist 50(1): 93-95.
Tomasi, T.E., R.S. Hoffmann. 1984. Sorex preblei in Utah and Wyoming. J. Mamm. 65 (4): 708.
W. Haberl - shrewbib@sorex.vienna.at _______________________________________________________________________
3) Thesis on community structure of shrews in northeastern Washington
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 1997 00:42:41 -0700
From: Robert Griffith <rgriffit@vetmed.wsu.edu>
Subject: Change of e-mail address: Robert Griffith
This is Robert Griffith, formerly of Eastern Washington University. I have completed my Master's studying the community structure of shrews in northeastern Washington and am now enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University.
My former email address was: shrew@mt.arias.net
My new email address is: rgriffit@vetmed.wsu.edu
I am currently conducting no research on shrews but am still interested in receiving your newsletter at my new email address as well as addressing any questions people might have concerning my research.
My current phone number is (509) 334-0225.
Thank you,
Bob Griffith
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