Time Allocation Lab - Introduction In the previous lab, the...

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Introduction In the previous lab, the Ethogram, the actions of the squirrel were observed and recorded. This lab consists not of each individual action of the squirrels, but rather of their major behaviors and how much time is spent during the day performing these behaviors. Using the methods described below, squirrels were observed and their actions taken note of Methods and Materials My lab group, consisting of Dan Ebner, Cody Whetsel, Jialiu Liu, Patrick Nugent, and myself, decided to carry out the time allocation on the Campus of Coker College. Since my group contained five individuals, we decided to split into two separate groups; one with Cody Whetsel, Jialiu Liu, and Patrick Nugent and the other with Dan Ebner and myself. We decided to separate the campus and either group stayed in their own section, so as to ensure that there would be no overlap in our findings. As Dan and I headed toward the soccer field and on from their, the other group headed more for the entrance into the college campus. After a squirrel specimen had been found, one member of the group would watch the specimen, either from simple eye sight or with the aid of binoculars provided by our instructor, while the other member recorded the passage of time. After twenty seconds had passed, and each successive twenty seconds afterwards until a total time of five minutes had been reached, the recorder/timer would announce, “Time,” and the observer would state what the squirrel was doing. Occasionally, a squirrel would run out of view and the entire five minutes would not be completed. Whenever this occurred, from college students walking by and scaring the squirrels or simply from losing view through the trees’ foliage, the squirrel would
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have to be abandoned and a new specimen found. In this way, the most accurate data could be observed from having a continuous view of the squirrel. Also, whenever in an observation area, even if many squirrels presented themselves for observation, only two
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This note was uploaded on 10/12/2011 for the course BIOLOGY 100 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '11 term at South Carolina Upstate.

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Time Allocation Lab - Introduction In the previous lab, the...

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