Berkshire Wildlife Trackers

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Sam found bear signs

What is the Berkshire Wildlife Trackers Monitoring Program?

Berkshire Wildlife Trackers (BWT) is hosted by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) and Berkshire Natural Resource Council (BNRC). This group of volunteers has been trained to read the woods and other natural habitats for tracks and signs of wildlife. These trained wildlife monitors go out in small teams to collect data that tells a story of how wildlife species use the natural areas of Berkshire County and the surrounding areas. Berkshire Environmental Action Team maintains a database of the data collected by the teams and shares this data with scientists, educators, government agencies, and land protection organizations to help protect wildlife species and important wildlife habitat and linkages in the region.
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How Are Berkshire Keeping Track Wildlife Monitors Trained?

BEAT and BNRC contract with Keeping TrackĀ® to provide an exciting and intensive training for our trackers. The training includes two days in the classroom and six full-day training workshops in the field. Most of the training is done on weekends, and the training is spread out over a year so that trainees have tracking experience in all seasons.

Trackers: Class of 2007

Our First Graduating Class: 2007

The training sessions are run by nationally recognized naturalist, habitat identification specialist, and photographer Sue Morse of Keeping TrackĀ®, who trains our trackers in the use of a scientifically-based data collection methodology so that they can document their field observations using a protocol that is useful to environmental scientists and others who regularly use this type of data.

Training includes: detection and interpretation of tracks and signs of agreed upon focal species for the Berkshires, conservation biology and how it relates to data collection and land protection, forest ecology and plant identification and what it tells us about how Berkshire species use local habitat, ‘search imaging’ (Sue Morse’s technique for predictably looking in the right places and finding wildlife signs), and an introduction to science-based field studies.

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2 thoughts on “Berkshire Wildlife Trackers

  1. Hi Christine,
    This can be a tough problem to solve. The best source for advice on this is probably Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife. It sounds like you already know the basics, but try this website (http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/wildlife/facts/mammals/bear/black_bear_problem_faq.htm#prob11). Another good page on their website is this one. (http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/wildlife/living/living_with_bears.htm) If you have questions about your specific problem that are not answered by their website pages, you can give them a call. I’m not trying to pass the buck (well, maybe I am) but they really are the best source of information on this problem. I hope this helps. Feel free to get back to us if you have more questions.
    Bruce Winn
    Berkshire Environmental Action Team

  2. recently moved to the stockbridge bowl area in stockbridge by the lenox line and am interested in learning more about bear. We have had bear on our property twice (once with cubs) and want to learn how NOT to attract them–we have an old dog who gets trembly over it. (we know the obvious no garbage, no birdfeeders etc)

    Any help appreciated. There are also many sightings of bear and cubs by Kripalu beach where we go alot too

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