Urban Wildlife Land Use Mapping Using Camera Trapping in
Taylor Fork Ecological Area, Richmond, KY
Makenzie Payton, Department of Geosciences
Eastern Kentucky University
This study will focus on the use of camera traps to collect data determining the presence of urbanophobic, urbanophilic, and urban-neutral species at Taylor Fork Ecological Area in Richmond, KY, and then mapping and spatially analyzing the collected data using ArcMap GIS software. This study will be accomplished with the use of 4 camera traps at 4 GPS coordinates in 2-week intervals in each quadrant of the Taylor Fork Ecological Area (TFEA) through the dates of February 27, 2019 to May 8, 2019. Following each deployment period, the camera imagery will be analyzed and recorded in ArcMap GIS software. I hypothesize a greater abundance of urbanophilic species in TFEA, according to its urban proximity and relatively small size; however, TFEA will also have an abundance of urbanophobic species, but at lower levels. I also hypothesize certain landscape and habitat variables will be more important than others, where I expect urbanophilic species will make wider use of all habitat types within TFEA as well. Through the completion of this study, I hope to have an impact in understanding how urbanization affects wildlife species and in how we manage our conservation efforts.
Key Words: urbanophobic species, urbanophilic species, urban-neutral species, refugia, systematic unaligned sampling pattern, spatial analysis, conservation, and management