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What is a Wildlife Tree Monitor?

A WiTS Monitor observes nest trees to document wildlife usage and any threats to the nest tree, such as logging / cutting, land development or land sales.  Findings are reported to WiTS.

The monitor observes a nest tree at least 3 times during the critical nesting periods:

egg incubation (suggested period for eagles - mid-late March, April),
egg hatching (suggested period for eagles - late April to early July) and
fledging (suggested period for eagles - mid-late July, early August).

WiTS provides Monitors with monitoring guidelines. During incubation, the females can be extremely quiet and a nest which appears empty might be quite active! So, if the nest tree doesn't appear to be active, monitors may have to wait up to an hour!  Repeated visits may be required to determine if the nest is indeed inactive/vacant.

Monitors may start observing the nest tree as early as October and continue into August, if desired, and if the landowner supports this number of visits. Arrangements for visiting nest trees should be discussed on an individual basis between the monitor and the landowner(s).

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Document Downloads

Click here to access a number of documents that will be of interest to wildlife tree Monitors.

Become a Wildlife Tree Monitor

If you would like to become a Wildlife Tree Monitor, please complete and submit the online application form.

Your application will be reviewed as soon as possible.

For Further Information

Send your questions about the Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program to Kerri-Lynne Wilson, Program Coordinator.

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