Basic Sampling Techniques – Counting Deer

Did you know our science videos are possible because of our Patreon supporters?¬†https:// Help us by joining the community. We love making science fun and accessible! Have you ever wondered how you might estimate the number of deer in your area? Turns out, you wouldn’t be able to count every one. Instead, you’d have to take a sample, and estimate what the entire population looks like. That’s exactly what Roland Kays and Arielle Parsons are doing this week in South Mountain state park. Rob Nelson accompanied the emammal team out as they attempted to spotlight deer, a method for estimating populations called distance sampling. The point of that is to help them calibrate their camera trap study. They have dozens of camera traps across state parks and game land to he

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