The fragmentation and destruction of habitat is a primary cause of decline in wildlife populations. When development or irresponsible resource extraction occurs, critical habitat is often unwittingly harmed, simply because no one realizes that the area affected is an important denning, feeding, wintering or travel area for one or more species. The isolation of wildlife populations within fragmented habitats severely compromises the long-term well-being of many species as healthy ecosystem functions, services and resiliency declines over time.
By monitoring potential habitats and threatened regions - systematically searching for and recording evidence of use by “focal species” over multiple years - citizens can obtain the information needed to make informed decisions about wildlife habitat stewardship. Our adult and youth training programs are designed to both inspire community volunteers as well as turn them into practitioners of a science-based field study methodology. Keeping Track® recognizes that more “boots on the ground” field research is essential if we are to successfully conserve an appropriate matrix of core and connective habitats.