When conducting inventories of wildlife or habitat, it’s often important to classify watercourses in the study area to determine if they meet certain life-requisites of the wildlife species of interest. For example, bears feed on salmon during the spawning season, so critical bear habitat during that time of year may include any streams that support salmon. Or perhaps an endangered amphibian is known to inhabit a study area; it may be essential to classify all streams and riparian areas to determine if they can support the species.
Keystone Wildlife Research is able to conduct these stream and riparian classifications in order to obtain the information a client needs on whether a species of interest will find useful habitat in or around any watercourses that may be affected by a project. We can then assess the likely degree of impact on the species and provide management options to mitigate the effects of the project on the species or habitat of interest.