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  • Trackers Jess Applin and Nancy Rich seek tracks in pre-selected ares in this study, ground-truthing from previous high-tech mapping. You can help!
  • By tracking, along with high-tech mapping and motion-triggered cameras, we can get a picture of how animals -- like this bobcat -- are moving in and between forest blocks.
  • The research is all about connectivity, says the Conservancy's Laura Marx. Can we change culverts, roadways or protect land to ensure safe movement of bobcats, other wildlife and people?
  • Trackers Nancy Rich and Jess Aplin inspect tracks of a fisher, which can cover many acres in a day, sometimes crossing roads to reach important feeding and denning habitats.
  • Game cameras are increasingly being used for scientific research projects like this to gather important data on how, when and where wildlife species are using areas. Here a black bear steps past a camera.
  • Here's a coyote track. Trackers follow predetermined routes - called transects - to get a representative sample of wildlife movement in an area.
  • By gathering a wide array of data, we hope to build long-term resilience for wildlife. Click here to see how YOU can help.
Tracking Wildlife for Resilience
In Western Massachusetts, we're tracking and camera-trapping to see how animals use and avoid roads. We want to help wildlife move from one large forest block to another in the years ahead.

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