© 2019 by Sophie Mazowita

The parks, woods, and backyards of Burlington...

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.

FOCAL SPECIES

  • Bobcat

  • Fisher

  • Coyote

  • Red Fox

  • Gray Fox

  • Moose

  • Deer

  • Beaver

  • Mink

  • Otter

  • Black Bear

  • Porcupine

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.

GET INVOLVED

FOCAL TRACKER

Adopt a tracking area for the winter and visit 1-2 days after major snowfall events to record evidence of our target mammal species. Each survey should take about one hour. 

CASUAL TRACKER

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.

SOCIAL TRACKER

Join others for group tracking outings, whether you are looking to learn the basics or to build on your skills. Check out the Burlington Tracking Club and Tracking Workshops.

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.

NO iNATURALIST? NO PROBLEM

Three simple steps to get started:

 

  1. Create an account at www.inaturalist.org (it's as simple as picking a login name and password)

  2. Join the Burlington VT Mammal Tracking Project

  3. Add your observation(s). 

RESOURCES

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)

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