Wildlife Monitoring Program
Wildlife Monitoring Program (WMP) is our own project which aim is: to save valuable habitat which is not protected yet; monitoring of small protected areas; monitoring of rare and endangered species including assessment of their population and possible threat in given area.
Within the WMP we try to discover endangered species in natural enclaves (old forest stands with near-natural characteristics, wetlands, rocks and screes etc.). Confirmed occurence of such species in certain area is then the reason for demanding a protection of this area, which in fact saves the ecosystem of given locality.
Update: Yo can watch our interesting observations from around the world at the iNaturalist portal.
Following the track of a lynx in NNR Malý Polom, winter 2009
PLA Jeseniky, PLA Beskydy, Hostynske vrchy mountains and contiguous rock massives are preferred regions for the WMP. In addition to mountain areas we also pay attention to wildlife crossings. Our work within WMP is based on direct field monitoring in cooperation with both governmental and non-governmental organizations from Czech Republic and/or foreign countries.
Hunting cabin Klinska (mountain Smrk, PLA Beskydy) is sometimes used as the base for our WMP
Besides the direct field monitoring we also organize regular educational activities for wide public, mostly in cooperation with ZOO Olomouc where you can meet us at the Wolf's stand. Another indirect activity within the WMP is on-line support of other organizations with same or similar targets as we have - e.g. making donations or putting our signature to petitions.
Last weekend we were monitoring Hostynske vrchy mountains, particularly local national natural reserves. Our goal was to monitor unprotected near-natural forests and occurence of endangered species like eurasian three-toed woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus) or white-backed woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos). Despite the fact that we didn't have an opportunity to observe these endangered treecreepers, we saw many other interesting things and natural beauties, see following photos.