The Nature Conservany's Pajaro Connectivity Study
The Nature Conservancy’s Pajaro Connectivity Project. Project Manager Sasha Gennet in partnership with Caltrans District 5.
One of the goals of this project are to increase our understanding of wildlife movement through the entire Soap Lake area, a primary connection between the Hamilton and Santa Cruz ranges.
TNC put together a website in which you can view pictures & videos collected at the different camera stations:
Pajaor Restoration: Another goal of the project is to monitor the effectiveness of a restoration project that is going to be completed over the next couple of years along the degraded stretch of the old Pajaro river channel. Beginning 7/2012-present.
The majority of animals recorded were moving all throughout the valley floor in both agriculutraul lands and riparian habitats aloing creeks and rivers.
Breeding. Juveniles with Parents, & Dispersal: At many of the camera stations, adults traveling with their juveniles was recorded on a consistent basis in both fall of 2012 and spring of 2013. These species included bobcat, coyote, deer, raccoon, and opossum.
This indicates that the habitat is not just being used to disperse through but also as breeding and natal habitat in which the juvenile carnivores will eventually disperse through to establish their own home range.
The value of the habitat then becomes three fold as; 1) movement habitat for animal to find resources such as food and water, 2) breeding habitat, and 3) habitat for juvenile dispersal.
Out of the 19 camera stations, 11 stations were set up at various crossing road structures such as bridges and culverts (Table 6). A total of 1,505 detections were of animals crossing under roads.
The highest number of detections of the species that were most often using crossing structures were; bobcats, coyotes, deer, and raccoon.