Fluorescent powder tracking was compared with radiotelemetry to locate nests used by golden mice (Ochrotomys nuttalli), a semi-arboreal species. Fluorescent powder was not a successful method for determining nest location or movement patterns for golden mice. Many golden mice immediately climbed trees, whereas white-footed mice remained on the ground. Weather conditions can negatively affect the success of powder tracking. Although radiotelemetry successfully determined the locations of occupied nests, precise estimates of movements within a microhabitat could not be made.
Morzillo, Anita T. and Feldhamer, George A. "Comparing Two Methods to Determine Nest Location of Golden Mice (Ochrotomys nuttalli)." (Jan 2001).