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1 June 2007 Simultaneous Collection of Body Temperature and Activity Data in Burrowing Mammals: a New Technique
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Integrating physiological and behavioral observations into ecological field studies of animals can provide novel insights into relationships among animal behavior, physiology, and ecology. We describe and evaluate a new technique for simultaneously collecting body temperature (Tb) and burrow use data for semi-fossorial mammals by combining light-sensitive radiotransmitters and implanted temperature-sensitive dataloggers. We used this approach to collect core Tb and activity data for 9 free-ranging arctic ground squirrels (Spermophilus parryii) in northern Alaska, USA, at approximately 5-minute intervals for 30–90 days each to address questions related to thermoregulation, energetics, foraging, sociality, and timing of activity in natural environments.

RYAN A. LONG, ROELOF A. HUT, and BRIAN M. BARNES "Simultaneous Collection of Body Temperature and Activity Data in Burrowing Mammals: a New Technique," Journal of Wildlife Management 71(4), 1375-1379, (1 June 2007). https://doi.org/10.2193/2006-399
Published: 1 June 2007
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