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OCU Receives Outdoor Conservation Grant

The Biology Department at Oklahoma City University was awarded a grant from the Oklahoma City Zoo and the Oklahoma Zoological Society to help fund a project at its Gamble-Buchanan Outdoor Laboratory.

OCU is in the third year of a biodiversity inventory at the outdoor lab, which is a 27-acre urban wilderness area located near the intersection of South Council Road and Airport Road. Biology professor Tony Stancampiano is the lead investigator for the project.

This year the inventory process involves a survey of mammals and other organisms. Surveys are conducted along established transects as well as random sites throughout the landscape. Plant, bird, herpetological and fish surveys have already been conducted at the outdoor laboratory.

The $2,500 grant is part of the zoological society’s Conservation Action Now program, which was established to support imperiled species, habitats and their surrounding communities through conservation, research and education.

OCU received the grant last year for the second phase of the project. Researchers anticipate completion of baseline surveys by spring 2013. The department will continue doing surveys to monitor floral and faunal changes.