JDJCSET | Our Global Environment: Past, Present and Future - Geosciences Seminar

Title

Land Cover Analysis of Pulaski County for White-tailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus Habitat

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Wildlife Biology

Minor

Undeclared

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dr. Robin Zhang

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

Abstract

I am doing a land cover analysis of Pulaski County Kentucky for White-tailed Deer habitat. Pulaski County Kentucky produces very large bucks and continually is a top producer for Boone and Crockett bucks in Kentucky every year, and was the leader of Boone and Crockett bucks last year in 2015. I will be using Lidar images of Pulaski County and breaking the county down into 6 categories. Those categories will be Forest, Water, Agriculture Fields, Urban, and Unsuitable habitat. I will break those down into percentages and graph them out so they can be easily interpreted. This project is useful because if other counties that produce large amount of Boone and Crockett bucks are broken down and resemble the same as Pulaski County, then those counties can be tested against other counties that do not produce Boone and Crockett bucks and be used as a template in order for those counties or the state to better manage these areas for trophy deer. If I could find a better way to manage habitat for larger bucks then that could be used to increase local economies, and the states economies from increased license, gear, and other expenditures hunters will use to hunt those larger bucks.

Location

Classroom 211 & Front-South Lobby, Waterfield Library

Start Date

18-11-2016 12:30 PM

End Date

18-11-2016 2:30 PM

Affiliations

Geosciences

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Nov 18th, 12:30 PM Nov 18th, 2:30 PM

Land Cover Analysis of Pulaski County for White-tailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus Habitat

Classroom 211 & Front-South Lobby, Waterfield Library

Abstract

I am doing a land cover analysis of Pulaski County Kentucky for White-tailed Deer habitat. Pulaski County Kentucky produces very large bucks and continually is a top producer for Boone and Crockett bucks in Kentucky every year, and was the leader of Boone and Crockett bucks last year in 2015. I will be using Lidar images of Pulaski County and breaking the county down into 6 categories. Those categories will be Forest, Water, Agriculture Fields, Urban, and Unsuitable habitat. I will break those down into percentages and graph them out so they can be easily interpreted. This project is useful because if other counties that produce large amount of Boone and Crockett bucks are broken down and resemble the same as Pulaski County, then those counties can be tested against other counties that do not produce Boone and Crockett bucks and be used as a template in order for those counties or the state to better manage these areas for trophy deer. If I could find a better way to manage habitat for larger bucks then that could be used to increase local economies, and the states economies from increased license, gear, and other expenditures hunters will use to hunt those larger bucks.