Wildlife Monitoring of University of Florida’s Conservation Areas

 

Dan Dawson & Mark Hostetler

 

 

Urbanization is a highly influential process, creating landuse patterns and altering natural processes that effect wildlife in ways that vary in both scale and scope. As urban lands increase, and natural systems are impacted by habitat loss and fragmentation, ways of mitigating the effects of urbanization on wildlife are essential to be explored and implemented. Undeveloped areas and preserved green spaces often occur in and these areas can provide valuable habitat for wildlife. In this study, I will be designing and implementing a wildlife inventory and monitoring program for a system of conservation areas on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Florida. Targeted species are mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and birds.  I will also explore collected wildlife data to identify trends or patterns that may be used to pose specific hypotheses.  The inventory and monitoring of wildlife species is an essential part of establishing a wildlife management program for UF’s conservation areas.