National Park Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department

Wildlife Fact File

Monitoring the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy in Pennsylvania will begin with the employment of existing inventories and surveys, which includes any monitoring done by conservation partners. Monitoring will continue with surveys, remote sensing, satellite imagery, disease and movement monitoring, breeding site survey sampling, DNA and net sampling, herpetological web site, predictive modeling, ground truthing and taxonomic affinities an reclassification. Population, habitat and project-level monitoring are also included in the Pennsylvania CWCS as well as distribution information, length frequency distributions, community-level monitoring and replication. These performance measures provide information that pertains to conservation actions and provide for revisions to these actions if needed. The conservation action and proposed plans for GCN species and habitat monitoring occurs with help from several partners. These partners include but are not limited to the Partners in Flight, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy, the Pennsylvania Land Trust, the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals and the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators.

Animal Discovery

I thought animals were afraid of man. Opossums aren't afraid of man. In fact, I might go so far as to say that they have an attitude. They seem to want to fight. Additionally, they are very ugly. I don't have anything against ugly, unless it scares me; opossums scare me.