The wildlife in our region serves as a natural indicator for the health of our forests. It's important to understand our resident wildlife populations, where they live, how they use different forest habitats, and how they travel across the landscape. CHC oversees two citizen science projects: Keeping Track and WildPaths.
WildPaths is a volunteer citizen science project based on the work by the Salisbury Conservation Commission in Vermont and Maine Audubon's Road Watch project. WildPaths engages community members to monitor road crossings in their neighborhood, through tracks, roadkill and live sightings. The goal of the project is to use the data to better direct our local efforts with future development so that we can maintain crucial connections between core wildlife habitats.
Our focus area is the Northern Green Mountains, which includes the following towns - Richford, Enosburgh, Bakersfield, Montgomery, Waterville, Fletcher & Belvidere. Although we welcome your sightings at any time of year, we will be focusing our efforts on collecting observations from April through September.