Wildlife Track & Sign Surveys
Do you know what animals you have on your property, how they spend their time, what they eat, and where they sleep? Do you want to learn more about the behavior of the animals that occupy your land, what types of habitat they prefer, where to place trail cameras, and factors to consider when making decisions on how to maximize habitat for certain species?
If so, then consider getting a wildlife land survey for your property, a service we provide for individuals, companies, and other non-profit or governmental organizations. An expert in wildlife tracking and sign identification will traverse your land and document the tracks and sign of animals found in various different habitat zones on the property. It is a great educational tool that can help either establish a baseline about the species that inhabit a particular area, or as a follow up to identify potential changes in the composition and behavior of species documented.
The process starts with a pre-survey that includes an overview of the property with identification of key geological and topographic features (streams, canyons, flatlands, etc.), associated habitat types (dense forest, riparian areas, grasslands, etc.), management history, known native fauna along with any invasives, and likely areas of feeding, bedding, breeding and animal corridors. Based on the pre-survey findings, target areas are ear-marked for investigation and a wildlife specialist then visits the property, traversing it on foot to find and record animal sign.
The types of sign analyzed includes animal tracks and trails, scat, pellets, rubs, browsed plants, beds, dens, wallows, kill sites, carcasses, and skulls. Upon completion of the survey, a formal report will be generated that documents what animals were detected, along with photos of the particular spor and a map showing where it was found on the landscape. It also will also explain each finding so that you will learn for yourself how to interpret tracks or sign that you find on your land in the future. The survey is primarily focused on identifying medium to large mammals, but will also include noteworthy birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
The results of the survey are valuable in numerous ways:
1) for identification of important habitat areas and corridors to protect for rare or endangered animals,
2) to select ideal locations to setup camera traps, track plates, or observation posts,
3) to decide where to conduct or avoid certain land management activities such as prescribed burns, supplemental feed, trail or road construction, and many other tasks related to increasing biological diversity.
4) to give you an even greater appreciation for you land, thus enhancing your enjoyment of it and giving you a deeper connection to it.