October #SuperSnap

This month’s #SuperSnap goes to the slick pair of North American River Otters featured below from Vilas County. Otters are known to produce slide marks as they move their bodies along ice, snow, and mud on the edge of riverbanks. As the only species in the state to produce these distinct tracks, the Wisconsin DNR performs a series of aerial surveys in the winter to search for the presence of otter slide marks. This data is then incorporated into population estimates for the species. 

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A huge thanks to Zooniverse participant @Megeth for the #SuperSnap nomination!

Continue classifying photos on Zooniverse and hashtagging your favorites for a chance to be featured in the next #SuperSnap blog post. Check out all of the nominations by searching “#SuperSnap” on the Snapshot Wisconsin Talk boards.

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About jessicaknackert

Jessica Knackert is a natural resources educator and research technician for Snapshot Wisconsin. She received her bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences Communication and Zoology with a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jessica has a background in carnivore ecology research in both Madison, Wisconsin and Akagera National Park, Rwanda. She also has experience in science journalism and outreach. In her free time, Jessica enjoys biking, kayaking/paddle boarding, and reading.

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