Much of the work done by watershed groups is to improve habitat for wildlife. Improving water quality, planting a greater variety of trees. Incidental or coordinated monitoring of wildlife is one way to get feedback on the health of our watershed area.
Making occasional wildlife sightings at any time is incidental reporting. These observations can be shared on sites like PEI Nature Tracker or iNaturalist. Along with the PEI Invasive Species Council we especially keep an eye open for invasive species which can throw off the balance of our natural ecosystem.
Kensington North also collaborates on other monitoring projects such as a yearly survey of fish in Tuplin Creek with the aid of Fish & Wildlife, and in 2020 we will be conducting surveys of winter water fowl in locations around Kensington.
Since 2018, Kensington North has been partnering with researchers from the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative to monitor bat populations in our area. For one week in July, we set up four acoustic bat monitors in different areas of our watersheds. These monitors record bat activity as “bat passes” and can give us insight into how much bat activity is happening in our area.
Staff also perform a mobile bat survey, which includes attaching a microphone to the outside of a car. At dusk, staff then drive along a predetermined route at a slow speed to count individual bat passes.