Alexej Siren

Alexej Siren

Amherst, MA

Department of Interior, Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center; University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Environmental Conservation

PhD. Candidate

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Published on May 29, 2018

Spring 2018 snowshoe hare pellet plot surveys completed!

We began snowshoe hare pellet plot surveys on May 1st and ended on the 24th. It was by far our fastest season! We had plenty of help along the way and were blessed with dry and cool weather. We sur...

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Published on Apr 23, 2018

Our first week back

You might think it's spring until you hike up into the mountains. Sam began the week by checking cameras in the northern Whites and he encountered 145 cm of snow at a couple of our sites. It was so...

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Published on Apr 17, 2018

Cold and snowy start

Happy April 17th!! Just thought we'd let you know that we plan to start checking cameras this week. The weather has been pretty cold and there is still quite a bit of snow on the ground, especially...

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Published on Mar 24, 2018

New sites = more lynx!

We made a big push last fall to increase our sample size of cameras and now have about 250 in New Hampshire and Vermont. One of the main objectives was to increase coverage in the northern part of ...

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Published on Mar 04, 2018

Krummholz and waves for hares?

Snowshoe hares are typically more abundant in young forest dominated by evergreen trees (i.e., needle-like leaves that remain on the tree year round), especially in eastern North America. These for...

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Published on Feb 13, 2018

Snowshoe hare capture and radio-collaring

We started tracking individual snowshoe hares at high and low elevation sites back in the summer of 2016. We wanted to get a better idea of their population size and the reliability of our field me...

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Published on Feb 13, 2018

Counting hares by counting their poop?!

Yes! Many researchers have used the pellet plot method (i.e., counting poop) as a way to evaluate the population size or density of an animal. This approach has been used across the geographic rang...

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Thanks for the great lab note Sam (and for all your hard work)! The pictures do tell the story for sure. Hopefully, this plot won't be your last one. BTW... was this plot id # G107_SFW1_2 or was it an earlier one?
Reply to:Jessica ColbyJessica Colby
You guys were great! I'll keep you in the loop for sure. Hope work is going well and catch up soon.
Reply to:Ryan CarrRyan Carr
Glad to have your help Ryan. Also, congrats on your new position at NHFG. That's exciting!
Reply to:Sam MayneSam Mayne
Ah... that's right. Thanks for the reminder!
Thanks Jackie! Glad to have your help and support too! Alexej
Reply to:Dan GardoquiDan Gardoqui
Thanks Dan! Yes, that's one of my new favorites. Can't wait to check more cameras in mid-April!
Thanks Denny! Check out our new lab note about krummholz and spruce-fir wave forests.