PC is providing data of wildlife movement at city of Carlsbad identified “pinch-points” using wildlife cameras and quarterly tracking transects at 2 tunnels and surrounding areas. The land manager, Center for Natural Lands Management, will add this data to their own research to make recommendations to the city.
The city of Carlsbad as part of their Habitat Management Plan (HMP) have been identifying “pinch points” for wildlife – locations where narrow or non-existent wildlife corridors are making it difficult for animals to migrate. Preserve Calavera commissioned a team from the San Diego Tracking Team to study an area west of the Lake Calavera Preserve and east of Hope School from Sept. 2014 to March 2015 where moving into and out of the preserve may be hampered due to College Blvd. The study notes the presence of many coyote, bobcat, raccoon, skunk and other small rodents. You can view the recently published study here.
The big news is that not only have the deer returned to Calavera- but this year there is a new fawn. Karen and her intrepid wildlife tracking team continue quarterly wildlife surveys. We have now gone beyond just surveying and reporting to actually preparing formal wildlife movement studies and identifying key areas where physical changes are needed to support wildlife movement- particularly around roadways where inadequate crossings all too often result in roadkill. In some cases very simple changes are needed such as creating small openings under chain link fences or adding some fencing to funnel wildlife away from roads and toward a safe culvert or undercrossing. In others a costly retrofit is the best solution- such as under Palomar Airport Road. We continue to work with technical experts and a broad range of stakeholders to try to make safe corridors for our local wildlife. Let us know if you would like to join our local wildlife tracking teams – it’s a great way to experience our natural lands- and help protect our wildlife at the same time.
Prior to construction of the new high school in Carlsbad (Sage Creek High) the school district published a study on wildlife movement through the area to ensure sufficient corridors for wildlife. Click here to view that study.