Spatial Ecology GIS Mapping

Developing better information about spectacled bears range and distribution is a key research need in South America.  This type of information is crucial to the bears survival because it will help the Spectacled Bear Conservation Society and other organizations decide where to focus research and conservation programs.

To do this we use a software program called GIS which allows us to develop a comprehensive map of where spectacled bears live. Once developed it can also be used to predict where spectacled bears should be found, based on the physical attributes of known spectacled bears range. Conducting field research in the dry forest of northern Peru is very difficult due to it’s extreme climate and remote and rugged nature. GIS mapping will help SBC to focus limited research funds on future bear habitats that maybe more promising.

Our current project aims to collect comprehensive information throughout our field site such as distances to rural communities, elevation, ruggedness of terrain, plant phenology, and critical bear resources. Our research teams are in the field for most of the year collecting this data.

In 2008 we launched a GPS collaring project and became the first Peruvian team to immobilize and fit a wild spectacled bear with a GPS collar, to date we have immobilized 7 wild spectacled bears. The daily positions of each of these bears will yield comprehensive information about where they actually are .

SPECTACLED BEAR CONSERVATION SOCIETY — PERU

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