Presentation Title

Effects of Military Activity on Gopher Tortoise Movement Using Radio Frequency Identification

Location

Atrium

Session Format

Poster Presentation

Research Area Topic:

Natural & Physical Sciences - Biology

Co-Presenters, Co- Authors, Co-Researchers, Mentors, or Faculty Advisors

J. M. Lockhart 1, C. M. McDonough 1, C. D. Anderson 1, P. C. Vincent 2 and G. W. Lee 3, 1Department of Biology, 1500 North Patterson Street, Bailey Science Center, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia 31698, USA 2 Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences, 1500 North Patterson Street, Bailey Science Center, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia 31698, USA 3 23 CES/CEIE, 3485 Georgia Street, Moody AFB, Georgia 31699, USA.

Abstract

Gopher tortoise movement is being monitored at Moody Air Force Base (MAFB), Lowndes/Lanier Counties, GA. One research site is located approximately 345 meters from a heavily used airstrip on MAFB, while a second site is in a restricted access gunnery range that is part of Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area. Objectives for this study include 1) determining if gopher tortoise movement is affected by military training activity within the weapons range 2) compare seasonal inter-burrow movement 3) to assess whether male tortoises exhibit more inter-burrow movement than females, 4) to determine any nocturnal movement exhibited by gopher tortoises. Tortoises captured at MAFB have been sexed and tagged internally with 125 kHz RFID (radio frequency identification) tags and 134 kHz RFID tags which are attached to the carapace of the tortoises with epoxy. 10-20 RFID readers have been utilized to monitor the entrance of individual burrows. Results suggest nocturnal activity by tortoises, as well as male tortoises exhibiting more inter-burrow movement than females. Research is continuing to further test our hypotheses.

Keywords

Gopher tortoise, Radio frequency identification, Burrow, Movement

Presentation Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

Start Date

4-24-2015 2:45 PM

End Date

4-24-2015 4:00 PM

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Effects of Military Activity on Gopher Tortoise Movement Using Radio Frequency Identification

Atrium

Gopher tortoise movement is being monitored at Moody Air Force Base (MAFB), Lowndes/Lanier Counties, GA. One research site is located approximately 345 meters from a heavily used airstrip on MAFB, while a second site is in a restricted access gunnery range that is part of Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area. Objectives for this study include 1) determining if gopher tortoise movement is affected by military training activity within the weapons range 2) compare seasonal inter-burrow movement 3) to assess whether male tortoises exhibit more inter-burrow movement than females, 4) to determine any nocturnal movement exhibited by gopher tortoises. Tortoises captured at MAFB have been sexed and tagged internally with 125 kHz RFID (radio frequency identification) tags and 134 kHz RFID tags which are attached to the carapace of the tortoises with epoxy. 10-20 RFID readers have been utilized to monitor the entrance of individual burrows. Results suggest nocturnal activity by tortoises, as well as male tortoises exhibiting more inter-burrow movement than females. Research is continuing to further test our hypotheses.