Mammal Voucher Collection (Standard Sampling at Pathogen Plots) (NEON-MAVC-PP)
Small mammal vouchers collected during small mammal sampling at pathogen plots (NEON sample classes: mam_pertrapnight_in.voucherSampleID). The goal of the NEON small mammal sampling is to document the diversity, population sizes, and pathogen prevalence of small mammals through time. These parameters are assessed through a mark-recapture live trapping study (using Sherman live traps) and associated tissue collection. Each pathogen grid at terrestrial sites is trapped for 3 consecutive nights within a sampling period, while the remaining grids (i.e., diversity grids) are sampled for only one night within a sampling period. Sampling occurs year-round at a monthly (at core sites only) or approximately every other month frequency (at relocatable sites), if resources are available and winter weather conditions permit. The NEON Biorepository receives whole frozen specimens and prepares vouchers as either study skins with skulls (or full skeletons) or in 95% ethanol. See TOS Protocol and Procedure: Small Mammal Sampling (https://data.neonscience.org/documents) for more information about this sample class. NEON datasets (https://data.neonscience.org/home) associated with this sample class include Small Mammal Box Trapping and Small Mammal Sequences DNA Barcode.