I have really enjoyed this week, for my last two weeks I am with Danielle, a 70 year old French woman. She is extremely sassy, kind and great to be around! She has started traveling the world when she turned forty years old and that is very inspiring to me.
Monday is the start of my last week of my internship. It makes me sad that this chapter of my life is almost over and I am so thankful for this experience. Personally, through this internship I have learned how to be flexible, take charge and communicate with a variety of people. Professionally, I have been able to apply and discuss key concepts from my classes. I have also developed and completed my own research project (I am in progress).
Research: I am analyzing Neotropical Otter behavior at Peri Lake by reviewing camera trap videos taken in the seven otter shelters during 2015. I have first separated all the videos into three categories: no otter present, other animal present and otter present. I focused analyzing otter behavior for the last category of videos.
I have four main questions:
1) Which behavior is most frequent?
a. I think running then urinating/shitting.
2) Do otters spend more time by themselves or with multiple otters?
a. I think by themselves due to previous research supporting them being solitary animals.
3) How is the behavior of otters influenced by external parameters?
a. I want to see if behaviors correlate to temperature and humidity.
4) If multiple otters present in the otter shelters, how are they interacting?
a. I think they will show more positive than negative interactions.
Now, I am reviewing every video with otters present and recording the time that they walk, run, sleep and urinate/shit. I also record other information like the time of day, number of otters present and other observations. I have noticed that many otters spend a long time smelling the shelters so I am debating adding a column on my data sheet. I am spending all weekend to finish watching all the videos and then I will run some statistics. Next week, I will let you know of the results!
Thanks for reading,
|This is a picture of the data sheet that I have developed to analyze the videos with.|