Supporting the conservation, restoration, and sustainable management of our world's natural resources

 

Native Geographic, LLC is a small ecological consulting firm providing a wide range of natural resource inventory, planning, conservation, and management services for local and state governments, private landowners, land trusts, non-profits, and other land management, education, and conservation organizations.

Our ecologically based solutions are grounded in a deep understanding of the region's flora, fauna, and ecosystems.    This is backed with over 10 years of experience in conservation, forestry, and wildlife sciences. We aim to help our clients learn about, protect, restore, and manage healthy, resilient forests, wildlife habitats, natural areas, waterways, and other open spaces while achieving their own individual goals.    

 

Native News

Native Geographic starting three year study in bat surveying, management,and conservation

Using Computer Software, the ultrasonic calls that bats use for echolocation can be viewed and under the right conditions, identified to species or species group.  The Northern Long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) sonogram pictured here was recorded by Native Geographic near Park Mammoth, KY. (Click Image to Enlarge)

When bats are communicating with other bats or a predator, they vocalize in a sound range that we can hear; maybe you’ve heard this noise from your attic.  Bats also emit another suite of sounds above the range of human hearing.   Bats use these ultrasonic sounds like sonar, allowing them to “see” their prey and navigate in the dark.  These echolocation calls can be used to assess what species might be in a project area.  With massive bat die-offs due to White Nose Syndrome, understanding the distribution and presence of most bat species is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. Native Geographic, LLC recently received a 3-year Conservation Innovation Grant to study how acoustic bat surveys can be used to guide bat and forest conservation in New Hampshire.  Check out the project executive summary here.

New and improved state wildlife action plans to guide wildlife and habitat conservation

Wood turtle, Glyptemys insculpta, a species of greatest conservation need and wildlife action plan priority in New Hampshire and Vermont.  Native geographic photographed this turtle while conducting riverine and floodplain natural community assessment. (Click Image to enlarge)

In 2005, Congress charged each state with preparing a state wildlife action plan.  These mammoth wildlife assessments identify species and habitats that are a priority for conservation and management in each state; an essential tool for conservation practitioners, land managers, and researchers.   Most states are now completing their first round of plan updates.  Its hard to believe, but 10 years ago when these were first published, the threat of climate change still felt like a distant problem.   Now, of course, climate change is considered one of the greatest threats to wildlife conservation and is a central issue in most state's action plans.   Here is New Hampshire's update.

Finalizing plans to enhance pollinator and bird habitat at the Whipple Conservation Area

The Conservation Area's open field includes a mix of native grasses, sedges, and herbs.   The flowering herbs are frequented by many species of native pollinators.  When this picture was taken, the small white flowers of spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium) were in bloom and being visited by many species of bees and butterflies. (Click Image to enlarge)

The 20-acre Whipple Conservation Area is scenically located on Rt 117 in Sugar Hill, NH.  The open field, small woodlot, and wetland are one of the last undeveloped lands from Sugar Hill’s early farms.   The property is now owned and stewarded by the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust.  The fields haven't been farmed in years, but have been mowed for wildlife and to maintain the historic character.  Native Geographic, LLC is working with the Trust to finalize a 10 year plan to improve the property's pollinator, bird, bat, and wetland habitat and educational uses. Check out a gallery of maps and photos from the Conservation Area.