Careful stewardship requires understanding the conservation values that we manage.
With the help of volunteers and partner organizations, we have started a series of studies and surveys to help us learn about the wildlife and plants that occupy our lands. This work aims to gather scientifically sound information that will improve stewardship, involve the community in collecting data and learning about our natural resources, and fostering collaboration with partner organizations.
Here’s a sample of past and ongoing projects:
- To measure habitat selection by wintering mule deer, teams of volunteers use GPS to locate study plots and run transects to collect data.
- Wenatchee Valley College natural resource classes have studied the effects of pruning decadent bitterbrush plants to see if treatment improves the quality of this important winter deer browse.
- Volunteers and college students helped search for reptiles on several properties. This Wenatchee World article describes one reptile survey.
- Natural resource classes have learned to monitor breeding birds and survey for spotted owls.
- A group of avid birders monitors bird activity on CDLT lands following Cornell’s eBird monitoring procedures.