The Deer-Forest Blog

We're tracking deer in Pennsylvania's forests. Check out what is going on in the field and learn what our researchers are discovering.
Sibling of one of our collared fawns near Reeds Gap State Park (click for larger image).
July 20, 2016

Crews may be on a deer catching hiatus but they are still getting their hands on forest critters.

The first fawn captured on the Rothrock State Forest in 2016.
July 18, 2016

If fawns could use the force I imagine they’d tell predators, “I am not the fawn you are looking for.”

July 15, 2016

A lake house, a beach cottage, or a mountain retreat - some of us are lucky enough to spend summer far from the biting winter. Turns out some deer do too!

Fawns traveling with mom are a common sight in July.
July 13, 2016

A late entry to the race makes for an interesting week.

July 12, 2016

What do you mean it’s July? Where has the time gone?!

Garter snake (click for larger image). All photos by Ben Derr.
July 8, 2016

One of the very best things about working in the field is all the “extra” stuff.

Dawn on the Susquehannock State Forest (click for a larger image).
July 7, 2016

A lull in the deer "action" for our crews.

July 5, 2016

We hope you had fun with the quiz last week. Here are our answers.

July 5, 2016

A week without rain?! We didn’t think it would happen, but it did! Plus we found dying caterpillars and seedlings growing 5 feet off the ground.

July 1, 2016

Parasites, blood, bite marks- down the rabbit hole we go!

Read on to find out about this week's Deer Plate Special
June 29, 2016

We have added a weekly dining feature to the Veg Crew Diaries - the "Deer Plate Special"

June 29, 2016

One last capture and some brownies. Not a bad way to wrap up fawn capture.

June 27, 2016

We recently published another paper on female dispersal in deer. Here are the highlights.

Cutest fawn ever! (click for larger image)
June 23, 2016

And that’s a wrap! Short and intense – fawn capture draws to a close.

Fruit from an American chestnut not killed by blight (yet)
June 21, 2016

This week was a vegetation survey marathon (and sprint!). And we found an amazing American chestnut tree - alive!

I wouldn't turn my back on any rodent knowing what I know.
June 20, 2016

Peeling one can make you cry but reading one should make you laugh.

June 18, 2016

The first full week of data collection!

Photo Credit: JT Fleegle
June 17, 2016

DNA samples are back and it’s going to rock the deer world.

Losey Vista at dawn, Susquehannock State Forest (click image for larger view)
June 15, 2016

Our crews had a very vanilla week.

Bedstraw (Galium spp.) is just one of the more than 200 plant taxa we’ve encountered in the last 3 years during vegetation surveys.
June 15, 2016

That’s right, all the green stuff from the smallest seedling to the tallest tree—we catalog them all.