Conservation Canine

Canines possess fifty times more olfactory receptors in their noses than humans do, which is why they are such a desirable species for detection.  The use of canines for biological surveying has, in many cases, been shown to reduce the time a survey takes and improve the accuracy of the results.  Canines can be especially useful for rare species that have low abundances and densities.   They can also be incredibly beneficial when surveying for cryptic species which humans could easily overlook.  Our conservation dog, Baron vom Brownsburg (aka “Blue”), and his handler have trained and continue to train with experts in the field of canine detection to offer our clients the highest level of professional canine assistance.  Blue has participated in biological surveys for Sweet Pine Sap Monotropsis odorata, which he was able to successfully locate in the wild.  He has also participated in surveys to find roosting sites of eastern small-footed bats Myotis leibii by locating the guano (bat feces) left behind by the bats.  Blue and his handler are able to train and modify their surveying techniques to suit your biological monitoring needs.