By: Cholla Rose Nicoll, Borderlands Wildlife Preserve Coordinator
For the past year Borderlands Wildlife Preserve has been monitoring wildlife with a series of six trail cameras. For the most part these cameras are set up in easy to access areas providing us with a glimpse into what animals are on the preserve, but only a limited view from these areas. We are happy to announce our view is about to expand and we will be adding more cameras for a total of 15! This will allow us to evenly distribute cameras throughout the preserve getting a clearer picture of what animals are present in more remote areas.
Another exciting development on the horizon for 2022 is a partnership between Borderlands Restoration Network, Sky Island Alliance (SIA) and the Patagonia Public Library. SIA will be providing wildlife trail cameras to the library for check out and use in their FotoFauna program. The FotoFauna program allows anyone with a wildlife trail camera to submit data to help track presence, absence, and seasonal movements of species in the Sky Islands of the U.S. and Mexico. I will be available for guidance in operating these publicly available cameras and hope to use them for youth education in Patagonia schools.
More details on both projects will be coming soon so watch out for updates and invites to participate! We are happy to be able to share even more excellent photos with you throughout the coming year.
Wildlife Monitoring at the BWP during 2021 - 2022, supported by the Wildlife Conservation, Climate Adaptation Fund, supported by funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The WCS Climate Adaptation Fund supports projects helping ecosystems adapt to climate change, including urban environments and projects incorporating joint mitigation and adaptation approaches.
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