Field Studies in Wildlife Research

Many animals and plant species can be used for studies at any time without endangering their existence. Wildlife research is a key part of the whole data collection process. It is only after a team collects verifiable data that it can be published on NFBR records. Any and every member of the network has to research and upload data on the numerous species living in a particular region. A proven and better way to finding accurate data is by field studies.

Focudeer-grass-spotted-hidesing on field studies

A large number of data recorded on NFBR is collected through field studies. It is a basic process, a simple process that aims to learn and record details about wildlife in their natural habitats with very little disturbance. This is a widely accepted method for easier scientific verification by even animal welfare organizations. In some cases, the habitat of animals may be altered as per the studies’ goals to understand and evaluate behavior under different circumstances. When doing so, the research not only observes the target animal’s behavior, but also that of the other living organisms in the habitat.

An ideal field study process

An ideal field study will involve manipulating the organisms under study by techniques such as capture, marking or even radio tagging. Some of the techniques can cause distress and disturbance that may affect natural behavior. It is thus advisable to maintain principles of best practice when collecting data in field studies. A pilot study can be a good way to evaluate the potential effect on the habitat. A field researcher should be considerate of the social structure in the habitat of the organisms under investigation to clearly define limits.

With the best practices at play, field studies offer the most accurate and reliable wildlife data. There is a lot to consider though in collecting such data as it may easily cause distress to the ecosystem under study.

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