Deer Monitoring Project
This year, we kicked off a white-tailed deer immunocontraception study as a non-lethal alternative to stabilize the rapidly growing population of deer in the village of Head of the Harbor. Another aspect of this program is to integrate the use of various technologies to mitigate risk to the animals and to the field staff during the darting process. Kali, our field team leader who works for the Humane Society, will be coming to Avalon to monitor does and their fawns.
If you’d like to get a glimpse of what wildlife research is like in the field, this will be a great opportunity for you! We are welcoming our student volunteers to learn about what type of data we are recording, as well as do a training/practice session with us. If the deer are out and about, we will do observations through binoculars to practice determining pregnancy/lactation, monitor fawns, how to identify tagged deer, as well as analyzing deer behavior, movements and family groups.