Skip to Main Content
Shrews in managed northern hardwood stands in the Allegheny Mountains of West VirginiaAuthor(s): W. Mark Ford; Chris A. Dobony; John W. Edwards
Source: Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 56:374-384
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Northeastern Research Station
PDF: View PDF (675.74 KB)
DescriptionShrews are an abundant and important component of the mammalian fauna in central and southern Appalachian forested habitats. Because most soricids are small, cryptic, and difficult to survey, they typically have been underrepresented in research examining effects of forest management on small mammals. To assess shrew response to clearcutting northern hardwood forests in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, we conducted a pitfall trapping survey during the late spring and early summer of 1998 and 1999 across a chronosequence of northern hardwood stand-ages from recently clearcut to those >60 years old. Capture frequency of masked shrews (Sorex cinereus), smoky shrews (S. fumeus), and northern short-tailed shrews (Blarina brevicauda) did not differ among stand-ages. Shrew captures were influenced more by differences in weather conditions between years and pitfall type. Masked shrew and smoky shrew captures were correlated positively with daily precipitation and negatively with maximum daily temperature in 1999, a severe drought year. Pitfalls placed along natural cover such as downed woody debris and emergent rock captured more masked shrews and smoky shrews than did pitfalls placed in the open forest floor. Rock shrews (S. dispar) and pygmy shrews (S. hoyi), both habitat specialists that our survey did not target, were collected only in pitfalls placed near cover.
- Check the Northern Research Station web site to request a printed copy of this publication.
- Our on-line publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat.
- During the capture process some typographical errors may occur.
- Please contact Sharon Hobrla, email@example.com if you notice any errors which make this publication unusable.
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
CitationFord, W. Mark; Dobony, Chris A.; Edwards, John W. 2002. Shrews in managed northern hardwood stands in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 56:374-384
- Shrews in managed northern hardwood stands in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia
- Soricid response to canopy gaps created by wind disturbance in the Southern Appalachians
- Contiguous allopatry of the masked shrew and southeastern shrew in the Southern Appalachians: segregation along an elevational and habitat gradient
XML: View XML