The population of Eastern Whip-poor-wills have been on the decline due to loss of habitat and food sparsity. In the Pine Hill section of the Bolton Flats WMA, much of the vegetation was burned in a fire. The goal of this project was to identify, characterize, and compare arthropod abundance between the burned and unburned sections. We surveyed sites in both areas and categorized each arthropod seen. Our results demonstrated that the unburned section of Bolton Flats WMA supported 2.2 times as many arthropods as the unburned section. Additionally, the unburned sections contained 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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