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Keeping Track is a non-profit organization founded in 1994 by Susan C. Morse, a nationally known naturalist, out of her concern that development in all its forms often unwittingly harms, isolates and even eliminates habitat critical to local biodiversity and broad-scale ecological health.
Compounding the problem, many of those responsible for protecting habitat lack the resources needed to "keep track" of the status of wildlife and habitat in their assigned areas. Sue started Keeping Track to fulfill that need. Through our programs, whole communities can become engaged in monitoring potential habitats and threatened regions.
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.
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