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Zoology

2014

Olivet Nazarene University

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A Survey Of The Ratio Of Melanistic To Gray Squirrels (Sciurus Carolinensis) On Five Midwestern College Campuses, Molly Koleczek Mar 2014

A Survey Of The Ratio Of Melanistic To Gray Squirrels (Sciurus Carolinensis) On Five Midwestern College Campuses, Molly Koleczek

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This experiment was an observational field study on 5 college campuses across western Indiana and western Illinois. The purpose of this experiment was to find the ratio of melanistic to gray squirrels on each campus and see if the ratio changed geographically. Gray squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) have melanistic color variants in their populations that have not been documented across their distribution in the United States. Melanistic variants were introduced in the eastern United States and seem to be moving westward. Data was collected for all 4 seasons for Olivet Nazarene University, St. Joseph’s College and Illinois State University. Due ...