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.

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.


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