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Carnivore nerds, have I got news for you.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has shared access to their 2014 Ecoregion Biodiversity Monitoring (EBM) data for the Northern Sierra Nevada Ecoregion! This means we can now go online and view occurrence locations on a web-based viewer (called BIOS).
About the EBM:
EBM is a wildlife monitoring project, which annually surveys over 100 species of birds and mammals. The project area covers twenty percent of California and fifty percent of its total forested area. Funding is provided through US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) grants. Data collected from this project is used by researchers to assess habitat conditions and wildlife population trends.
Thankfully, CDFW has also shared some charismatic images on their Facebook page. My personal favorites are of the carnivores. Please note, baiting wildlife is not legal except in approved scientific studies such as this.
What this means is I can easily look up animal locations. Right now I’m curious about gray fox land use, so with a few clicks I was able to create this map, with each hexagon indicating a gray fox detection on their camera array.
But wait, there’s more! Metadata for each polygon, including camera coordinates, are available for geospatial analysis.