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News from the Census

  • New Webinar – Conducting Manual Counts to Calibrate Your Infrared Sensor
    Watch this 45 minute webinar to learn how to appropriately conduct manual counts that will be used to calibrate infrared trail counters on your trail.  You’ll learn what kind of data is being collected in the Census , why calibration is important, how calibration will affect the data, when and how to conduct calibration including special situations.
  • Watch the Welcome to the CT Trail Census webinar
    This 27 minute webinar provides an overview of the Connecticut Trail Census, project origins, data to be collected and general requirements of trail coordinators and volunteers.  Note that the training dates suggested in this webinar have changed.

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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 SurveyHow to Check the Intercept Survey for Completeness 

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.

Multi Use Trail Resources


What is this box?

counter on trail

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.