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Procedures: Rare animal surveys

Hoop net in a wetland.
Hoop nets are used to capture turtles in shallow wetlands. Photo by C. D. Hall.

MBS animal surveys are conducted to:

1. Review of existing information

Prior to conducting field surveys for rare animals and animal aggregations in a particular county or region, information is reviewed about the landscape and the animals that may be present. Some of the sources consulted are museum and historical records of rare animals and animal aggregations, satellite imagery, aerial photos, soil and topographic maps, and recommendations from MBS plant ecologists and land managers.

2. Selection of targeted animals and survey sites

Based on review of existing information, the rare animals and animal aggregations likely to be present in the county or ecological unit are identified.

Sites that appear to contain areas of preferred habitat for the targeted animals and animal aggregations are identified and ground reconnaissance is done to determine the suitability of the sites.

3. Field surveys

4. Information management

Data collected during the animal surveys are recorded on field forms, as electronic data files, and as museum voucher specimens. After field surveys are completed: