West Virginia Master Naturalist Class Description
||Get an overview of West Virginia mammals their diversity, classification,
status, behavior and adaptations.
||Study skins, small live traps, field
||The student will gain a basic understanding of
- the more remarkable and more common mammals of West Virginia
- something of mammal adaptations and behavior.
- the current status of such species as the mountain lion and
- methods of studying wild mammals.
West Virginia Master Naturalist Class Outline
- Mammals defined
- Numbers in West Virginia
- Rare West Virginia species and conservation concerns
- Behavior and adaptations
- Habitats, food habits
- Nests, territory and home range
- Defensive behavior and adaptations
- Observing and studying wild mammals
- Field guides
- Where and how to see mammals
- Small mammal trapping
- Preparation of skins and skulls
- Tracks and signs
- Wild pets, captive animals, and "orphans"
- Survey of West Virginia mammal species