The population of Eastern Whip-poor-wills have been on the decline due to loss of habitat and, as a result, food abundance. In the Pine Hill section of the Bolton Flats WMA much of the vegetation that Whip-poor-wills live in was burned. The goal of this project is to identify, characterize, and compare arthropod abundance between the burned and unburned sections as such a study has never been done before. We designated 5 sections in the burned section and 5 sections in the unburned area to be surveyed for arthropod abundance. Our results demonstrated that the unburned sections of Bolton Flats WMA have a larger abundance of arthropods. Additionally, the unburned sections contain a greater number of caterpillars, beetles, and moths; which make up the Whip-poor-will diet.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Biology and Biotechnology
Major Qualifying Project
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