SCIENCE

FOR

SAVING

NATURE

 
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WE ARE

WILDLIFE ECOLOGISTS, BOTANISTS, CARTOGRAPHERS, CONSERVATION SCIENTISTS, LAND STEWARDSHIP EXPERTS, & MORE

Conservation Ecology provides ecological inventory and conservation planning services to clients involved in private land conservation projects. We identify what makes a property biologically unique, how the property can contribute to biodiversity conservation, and how to make meaningful conservation happen. We are based in the Blue Ridge mountains of western North Carolina and work throughout North America.

Services include: 

  • Detailed botanical and wildlife inventories by highly skilled field naturalists
  • Classification and mapping of natural vegetation communities and habitats
  • GIS spatial analysis, cartography, and customized mapping
  • Site conservation planning for biodiversity using the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation - adaptive management frameworkincluding the development of strategic actions, ecological indicators, and monitoring plans
  • Applied ecological research to inform land management and conservation planning
  • Analysis of potential ecological impacts from development proposals and land use scenarios
  • Baseline documentation reports and compliance monitoring for conservation easement and land trust related projects
  • Expert witness testimony at trial
  • Professional photography and videography
  • Aerial photography & land mapping using drones- including high-resolution, current orthophotos, 3D models, and digital surface models

Our techniques include:

  • Bat surveys using automated acoustic recorders and mist-nets
  • Camera trapping surveys of wildlife to estimate species occupancy
  • Point-count surveys of bird diversity & abundance, including distance-based density estimation
  • Small mammal, amphibian, and reptile live-trapping
  • Detection of rare and elusive animal species using noninvasive genetic sampling, including environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling 
  • Analysis of wildlife monitoring data, including estimates of abundance and occupancy 
  • Radio-telemetry monitoring of animal movements, including home range estimation and analysis of habitat use
  • Spatially explicit habitat modeling using GIS & Maxent software
 

 Recent publication by Conservation Ecology LLC and partners. The world's first radio-telemetry study of the endangered Tricolored Blackbird - Carmel Valley, California. Learn more  here

Recent publication by Conservation Ecology LLC and partners. The world's first radio-telemetry study of the endangered Tricolored Blackbird - Carmel Valley, California. Learn more here


CONTACT

CHRIS WILSON

CHRIS@CONSERVATIONECOLOGYLLC.COM

828.772.9007

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ABOUT CHRIS

Chris has done amazing work furthering conservation efforts in North Carolina on my land and elsewhere. It has been an honor to work with him, and quite fun too.
— Tim Sweeney, owner of Box Creek Wilderness, Founder & CEO of Epic Games, 2013 NC Wildlife Federation - Land Conservationist of the Year award, 2015-2016 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Private Landowner of the Year award

Christopher R. Wilson is a conservation scientist, wildlife ecologist, and principal of Conservation Ecology LLC. For over 20 years Chris has led biological inventories and conservation planning efforts for private landowners, conservancies, and philanthropists, as well as government agencies and research institutions around the country. He is author of the book Documenting and Protecting Biodiversity on Land Trust Projects published by the Land Trust Alliance. View Chris's LinkedIn profile.


This book falls into that rare category of ‘necessary.’ For people concerned about preserving the fabric of this earth in a time of tempestuous change, Chris Wilson has provided a mandatory manual. It will do much good in the world.
— Bill McKibben, bestselling author of The End of Nature and Deep Economy
Everybody talks about saving nature. Here’s your operating manual for getting the job done. It clearly explains how to assess biodiversity on a property, what it takes to maintain or restore it, where to find expert help at each stage, and why this all matters. Add solid advice on subjects from fundraising for projects to complying with regulations, and you have a book that belongs in every land trust office. The sooner, the better.”
— DOUGLAS H. CHADWICK, wildlife biologist, land trust board member, bestselling author of The Wolverine Way

CHRISTOPHER R WILSON (2011) DOCUMENTING AND PROTECTING BIODIVERSITY ON LAND TRUST PROJECTS: AN INTRODUCTION AND PRACTICAL GUIDE.  LAND TRUST ALLIANCE

This user-friendly guide bridges the gap between conservation biology and its application to typical land trust projects. Intended for land trusts, landowners, biologists, planners, and students, the handbook explains what biodiversity is, how it's conserved, what types of biological information are most useful, and how to gather such information through reviews of freely-available data sources and on-the-ground biological inventories. The book also explains how to apply biological information to standard land protection tasks, such as project selection, fundraising, drafting conservation easement language, compiling baseline documentation, writing management plans, and how the information helps land trust projects conform to IRS Treasury regulations and Land Trust Standards and Practices.



 
 Chris Wilson, principal of Conservation Ecology LLC, conducting bog turtle surveys in western North Carolina

Chris Wilson, principal of Conservation Ecology LLC, conducting bog turtle surveys in western North Carolina



 Chris Wilson discusses salamander diversity in PBS episode of Exploring North Carolina

Chris Wilson discusses salamander diversity in PBS episode of Exploring North Carolina