Document Type

Article

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date

Winter 1995

Journal

Virginia Journal of Science

Volume

46

Issue

4

First Page

227

Last Page

234

Abstract

Urban forested wetlands and rural forested wetlands were studied to investigate the effectiveness of night-vision image intensifier equipment in the observation of medium-to-large animals and to investigate if surrounding landscape type influences wetland habitat value. Bats, cats, dogs, owls, deer, and humans were easily observed using the night-vision equipment. Differences in species use between the rural and urban forested wetland were observed. Light levels and noise levels were significantly higher (p<0.05) in the urban versus the rural wetland. We conclude that image intensifier equipment can be used to quantify nocturnal animal activity in different landscape types and that surrounding land use can reduce the habitat value of forested wetlands to certain species.

Keywords

night-vision, image intensifier, forested wetlands, urban, rural, domesticated animals, nocturnal

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