The parks, woods, and backyards of Burlington...
...are home to
BURLINGTON MAMMAL TRACKING PROJECT
including Burlington, South Burlington and bordering areas
The Burlington Mammal Tracking Project aims to map large mammal occurrence throughout Burlington, South Burlington, and at their boundaries. The data will be compiled in May 2019 into a map and report, to serve as a resource to city planners, local conservation organizations, and the general public for making decisions with wildlife in mind.
Any and all mammal observations can be contributed to this study, but we are particularly interested in road crossing points, travel corridors, and core habitat areas (where there are signs of denning, feeding, etc.) for our focal species.
By conserving habitat for large, wide-ranging mammals, we also hope to protect the
birds, insects, plants, reptiles, amphibians, fungi and lichens who share those spaces.
Submit wildlife track and sign records and animal sightings whenever and wherever you come across them, at your convenience. Submit via iNaturalist online or with the app.
TIPS FOR CONTRIBUTING MAMMAL OBSERVATIONS ON iNATURALIST
Include photos whenever possible and include a scale item (ruler or object of known size, like a coin).
Photograph tracks from straight overhead, rather than at an angle.
Include a closeup of one or two tracks AND a photo that shows the gait (the pattern of multiple tracks, indicating how the animal was moving).
Add your observations to both "Burlington VT Mammal Tracking" and "North American Animal Tracking Database" projects, so that other trackers can verify your ID.
Be as specific as possible with location. Carefully select the spot on the map or use the smartphone app to automatically tag the location by GPS.
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Where the Wild Things Are: Large Mammal Habitat and Corridors
Burlington, VT Alicia Daniel and Mark Ward (2000)
South Burlington, VT Alicia Daniel and Patricia Fontaine (2002)
Wildlife Habitat and Corridors in the Winooski Valley Park District's Communities Charley Eiseman (2007)
Greater Burlington Area Wildlife Corridor Analysis UVM School of Natural Resources Senior Project (2013)
Burlington Vermont Mammal Tracking Project UVM Schiool of Natural Resources Senior Project (2017)