Aerial survey of deer populations

By Justin Lethbridge Writer The Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) will be conducting an aerial survey of wintering deer populations in Ancaster, Dundas and Hamilton on Thursday March 7th, 2019. The survey, which will be done by a helicopter making multiple low-altitude passes over these areas, has not been done since 2013, although other surveys and data collections have been undertaken. “The Hamilton Conservation Authority completes a number of on the ground vegetation surveys,” HCA Terrestrial Ecologist Lesley McDonell told the Turtle Island News. “This includes tree regeneration, deer brows and deer enclosure surveys. For us as a land manager it is a good tool to relate the ground survey data with a point in time population study. This aerial survey will give us a good idea of the deer population…

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