SAHS senior presents deer tracking study at science forum

October 28, 2016

Stillwater Area High School senior Rebecca Franke was asked to submit a poster presentation at the Warner Nature Center’s annual St. Croix River Research Rendezvous. The forum brings together scientists, resource managers, agency staff and the public to hear presentations about research plans, projects and findings in the St. Croix watershed.

Franke studied the movements of collared deer as part of her AP Environmental Science class. She used an iridium collar that remotely sends data points eight times a day- the times of day that deer are most active. She tracked a female white-tailed deer and her fawns over several months last spring and this fall. Franke found the home range of the deer at about 100 acres surrounding SAHS.