Observations:  Observations are recorded for specific animal or plant species of concern for a combination of their unique habitat requirements and/or low probability of encounter. This also includes special environmental features selected for a combination of there low probability of encounter and ecological significance (pers. comm., Peter McKinley).


Data is recorded using a card scheme. A card with a universal format to gather pertinent information about the observation and location is taken with all trips to the timberlands.


General Instructions for Target Species:  When a unique feature is encountered, the sign is registered (e.g., track or scat), individual (e.g., sighting or call), or groups (e.g., flock of birds, egg masses, chorus of frogs; all with estimated number) once for each geographic unit (e.g., forest stand, vernal pool, wetland, brook) per visit to that unit, unless it is possible to determine that you are not double-registering (e.g., two black-backed woodpeckers simultaneously, a male then a female, an adult then a juvenile, or a second flock of grosbeaks).  Data is collected for each management unit.