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.
We setup a wildlife camera in northern California, near Dunsmuir, to watch the movement of wildlife near the I5 undercrossing.
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.
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.
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.
Beartracker Wildlife Tracking Project has many cameras set up to monitor wildlife in the northern California area. This area is rich in wildlife species diversity. Not only is the area home to the tallest trees in the world, but plenty of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians also inhabit these forests. This project aims to survey the diversity of wildlife found in this area and make the data available to the public.
State Route 50 is a major east-west transportation corridor across the Sierra Nevada. This project examines successful animal movement through structures under SR50 that were intentionally built for wildlife, or that were built for some other reason (e.g., a river crossing).