Our cameras are set to photograph wildlife on our small ranch at altitudes ranging from 1700 - 2100 ft . However, we are bordered on one side by a 1,000 acre conservation easement and are among thousands of acres of range land in the southern Sierra Nevada foothills and mountains . We are in a broad canyon in the drainage of the north fork of the Tule River - abutting NPS land and not far from the Golden trout wilderness.
This project is a case study for a Federal Highways Administration supported project developing remotely communicating wildlife cameras and server-side informatics tools. Wildlife populations in the East Bay open spaces are isolated from the rest of nature by I-680. There are very few crossing structures under this interstate, none of which were built for wildlife. Nonetheless, wildlife use these structures to move between the East Bay open spaces and the rest of the world. Without this movement, these populations would be isolated and subject to extinction.
Interstate 280 is a busy highway on the San Francisco Peninsula. It is also adjacent to wild open spaces for about 20 miles. This means that the native wildlife that live in these wild areas sometimes attempt to cross the highway. When they cross the surface, they usually get hit by a car. This project provides access to wildlife cameras placed at under-crossings that might provide wildlife with a safe way to cross the highway, underneath.
We setup a wildlife camera in northern California, near Dunsmuir, to watch the movement of wildlife near the I5 undercrossing.
Wildlife need to cross roads safely to find food, water, breed and disperse to new areas. With changing habitats due to a changing climate, successful wildlife movement is even more important to species survival and adaptations to the changes.
The Paunsaugunt mule deer herd is one of the most treasured mule deer herds in the western U.S. They spend their summers in Southern Utah, and migrate across US 89 to the borderlands of Utah and Arizona. In 2013 UDOT and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) worked together with multiple partners to create 12.5 miles of wildlife exclusion fencing and three new wildlife crossing culverts on US 89 East of Kanab Utah in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.
This is a study of wildlife crossing interstate 80, primarily via street under-crossings, stream/river bridge-crossings, and culverts. Cameras are positioned at the openings of these structures to monitor movement of wildlife through them.
Baseline surveys for ringtail presence in three different areas within Nevada and Placer Counties.