Wildlife Data Submission Templates

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All survey data must be submitted in the appropriate data template in MS Excel format. Refer to data template guidelines (PDF) for additional instructions on entering your data into a template. 

This template is designed to record information about biological samples (e.g., hair, blood, pellets, environmental DNA) that are collected and subsequently analyzed to determine species and other attributes.

Download the Biological Sample Collection template (XLSM)

These templates are designed to record information about observations of bird nests detected during targeted surveys, such as northern goshawk nest searches. The Nest and Tree Description template allows surveyors to submit data describing nest type, height, aspect, material, condition, and other attributes of the nest itself, while the Nest Visit template allows surveyors to record information on the status of the nest (i.e., occupancy, associated species, number of hatchlings, number of fledglings). In both templates the nest location is recorded and treated as a sample station.

Download the Bird Nest & Tree Description Template (Ver 2020-02-20) (XLSM)

Download the Bird Nest Visit Template (Ver 2020-02-20) (XLSM)

The capture and telemetry template is used to record animal capture information, including animal ID capture location, mark method, as well as all subsequent locations recorded using VHF or GPS radio-collars.

Download the Capture and Telemetry template (XLSM)

A specialized template is used to record the capture locations of grizzly bears, biometric data and all associated telemetry observations.

Download the Grizzly Bear Capture and Telemetry template (XLSM)

The census template is used when the primary objective is to obtain counts and demographics such as age and sex ratios for populations. You can record information about the number, age, and sex of animals seen in a group. Inventories that use the use this method type include:

  • Ungulate aerial census
  • Ungulate spotlight counts
  • Strip census
  • Mule deer composition counts

Census inventories are often designed systematically to use either blocks, transects, or sample stations. Select the survey design that you are using.

Census Using Blocks

Census using block designs are appropriate for a wide range of species and are often used when performing aerial census of ungulate species.  Formal block designs are used when comparisons are desired between the blocks, but some surveys define their survey area as a single block. Block designs make sense when comparing management units, mountain complexes, or when a grid system is used to systematically sample.

Here are some examples:

Download the Census Block template (XLSM)

The Mule Deer Composition template is used to do standardized BC-wide mule deer composition surveys.

Download the Mule Deer Composition template (XLSM)

Census Using Transects

Census conducted along transects allow a comparison of transect segments to one another. Transects can be used to assure systematic coverage of an area as well. Flight lines can be considered to be transects and the density of animals can be estimated by dividing the number of animals seen by the surface area sampled for each transect or transect segment.

Here are some examples:

Download the Census Transect template (XLSM)

Census Using Sample Stations

Sample stations are used when performing ground based census. While sample stations can be used for measuring absolute abundance, stations are often set up in specific locations to provide an index of demographics (total count, age and sex ratios) for a population in an area.  Population indices do not attempt to count all the members of a population but rather assess relative abundance and trends.

Here is an example:

Download the Census Sample Station template (XLSM)

Most inventories will use the general survey template. You can record information about an individual including behavior, sex, or age. You can also record animal sign or habitat features. Inventories that use the use this method type may include:

  • Auditory and call playback studies
  • Bat mist netting
  • Reconnaissance surveys
  • Radar surveys
  • Wildlife salvage
  • Winter track counts

General surveys are designed to use either blocks, transects, or sample stations. Select the survey design that you are using.

General Survey Using Blocks

Single Blocks: typically, for wildlife salvage and reconnaissance surveys the complete area of interest is defined as one block. For example, you just need to check a pond for toads. In this case, the pond is your one and only block.

Multiple Blocks: Formal block designs are used when comparisons are desired between the blocks.  For example, biologists may initially stratify a study area into distinct habitat types in order to compare them. Or in a pre-stratification exercise, they may wish to classify the habitat by high, medium, and low quality because they want to sample each habitat quality differently. Sometimes blocks correspond to management units, park boundaries, or wildlife habitat areas to target information needs for management.

Here are some examples:

Download the General Survey Block template (XLSM)

General Survey Using Transects

Transects are widely used when the objective is to systematically examine the distribution of species over a varied landscape. Transects are often oriented perpendicular to a gradient in the habitat such as elevation in order to study species habitat correlations. Transects may also be used because they are a straightforward and easy way to systematically sample along a road or a river.

Here is an example:

Download the General Survey Transects template (XLSM)

General Survey Using Sample Stations

Surveys that use systematically placed sample station from which initial observations of a species are made. In inventories such as grizzly bear and marten DNA sampling, the location of the sample station itself constitutes the position of the observation. In call playback studies, after initial contact with an individual is made, more precise locations of the individual are determined by seeking out the individual or by triangulation of the call. Inventories that use the use this method type include:

  • Call playback
  • Murrelet radar sampling
  • Standwatches
  • Frog auditory sampling
  • DNA-based population estimates

Here are some examples:

Download the General Survey Sample Stations template (XLSM)

This template is designed to record information about observations of plants and lichens detected during inventory projects and rare plant surveys. Areas searched are recorded as Blocks, which are described in the Wildlife Data General Survey templates. Information about site descriptions and associated species, incidental observations (including animals), and vouchering can be recorded.

For further guidance about survey design refer to section titled "Survey Design" within the RISC document Species Inventory Fundamentals (PDF). For further guidance about survey methods for rare plants refer to Survey Methods for Rare Plants and Lichens Standards for Components of British Columbia’s Biodiversity No. 43.

Download the Rare Plant & Lichen Template (Version 2018-05-28) (XLSM)

The Results by Area template is best used to display data summaries, statistics or population parameters from a population census. For example, you've completed total counts of an area, estimated population with confidence limits, and calculated age and sex ratios and now you want to portray the results as a function of an area.

Here are some examples:

Download the Results by Area template (XLSM)

This template is designed to record information obtained through the use of wildlife cameras (remote cameras, camera traps), including camera set-up/configuration, deployment locations, photographs, species observations, human use, and other attributes.

Download the Wildlife Camera template (Version 2020-04-06) (XLSM)