Wildlife Tree Monitoring

Tree MonitorsWiTS supports volunteers who are interested in observing nest trees and documenting wildlife usage.

Volunteers may monitor as many nests as they choose. Some follow just one nest that is near their home. Others have a route that takes them by several nests. Volunteer monitors can choose their level of involvement and can cut back or add more sites as they wish. WiTS coordinators help each monitor to decide their level of involvement and support them in their efforts. Monitors may start observing a nest tree as early as October and continue into August of the following year.

NestIn the early years of the WiTS program, emphasis was on sites which support Bald Eagles and Osprey as they are protected year-round under Section 34 of the BC Wildlife Act. More recent efforts have included nest sites of all raptors, owls and some woodpeckers. Future efforts may include other bird species, bats, and other mammals that use Wildlife Trees for nesting or as dens.

Information Usage

atlasInformation collected on each identified wildlife tree is placed in the Wildlife Tree Atlas. Information is made available to both the public and to local government planners so that the information can be used in decision-making processes around land development. Landowner information is maintained as confidential and is not accessible to the public.

Become a Wildlife Tree Monitor

If you would like to become a Wildlife Tree Monitor, please contact your local WiTS co-ordinator.

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