5 June 2023 - 19 June 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wildlife Survey Field Methods: Ungulates consists of five classes over three weeks; each class is 1.5 – 2.0 hours with assignments between classes: Monday and Wednesday evenings: 7 to 9pm PST. The course provides an introduction and overview of ground-based and aerial-survey methods for ungulates of North America. Using remote (online) instruction and assigned field exercises participants learn and gain practice conducting ground-based surveys for direct observation of individuals and measurement of animal sign such as scat and tracks. Instruction on aerial surveys are confined to classroom only; there is no field exercise associated with this component.
Visual survey methods (transect and block) are introduced as well as identification of sign (tracks, scat, markings). Information and data collected from ungulate carcasses are also explored. Information acquired from each method are reviewed with an emphasis on integration of methods to maximize data collection and inferences of habitat use and abundance. This course is a refinement and further investigation of methods introduced in the more generic introductory course Wildlife Survey Field Methods.