News from the Census
- September Surveying DatesJust a reminder that the CT Trail Census program’s suggested dates to perform the final round of qualitative data collection via Intercept Surveying is Sunday September 16th – Sunday September 24th. Open this post for more information on surveying on your trails. Guidelines: Each trail should submit surveys from 2 separate survey sessions: 2 […]
- Trail Census is on Facebook!In an effort to keep participants informed and engage the public, CT Trail Census can now be found and ‘liked’ on Facebook. Social media platforms offer and opportunity for programs like the Trail Census to post project updates, pictures, and related content in real-time. We are looking forward to hearing your comments on the page […]
- Welcome New Trail Census Coordinator Kristina Kelly!This month we welcome our new Trail Census Coordinator Kristina Kelly! Kristina has experience coordinating volunteer data collection programs such as DEEP’s Riffle Bioassessment by Volunteers (RBV), and has developed a passion for citizen science as away to involve the community in environmental education, protection and advocacy. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree […]
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What is this box?
Perhaps you've noticed a mysterious grey box with a CT Trail Census decal that has been installed along your trail. The grey electrical junction box houses a Trafx infrared (IR) pedestrian counter that is recording the number of trail users passing it. The counter can sense the temperature differential between warm bodies and the ambient air temperature. Every time a trail user passes the counter, the counter records it, enabling project staff to gauge trail use.
Resources for Intercept Surveys
Sites should conduct 8 hours of surveying (two weekend hours and two weekday hours May 13-21, 2017 and Sept 16-24, 2017). Intercepts can be conducted based on trail highest use times. Recommended times: 5-7 pm Tues/Wed/Thurs, 12-2 pm Saturdays. Download the slides presented at face to face trainings, the Intercept Survey, or the SPANISH Survey. How to Check the Intercept Survey for Completeness
Recommended Data Collection Times
Calibrating Your Counter with Manual Counts
The infrared sensors/counters used in the Census are calibrated by comparing the sensor counts to on the ground counts on the trail. Five, two hour counts should be conducted before the end of 2017. Watch this webinar about how to conduct calibration counts or view this calibration information sheet and download the counter form here.