Wildlife research

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Science at work

Science drives the rules and regulations that conserve, protect and perpetuate Minnesota wildlife. The program's 30 research scientists, biologists and support staff ensure that good science informs DNR wildlife management decisions every day.

Focus areas

  • Farmland: provides information needed to manage major wildlife species in Minnesota's farmland zone.
  • Forest: provides information needed to manage major wildlife species in the forests of northern Minnesota.
  • Health: monitors, responds to and researches wildlife health and disease outbreaks as well as causes and cures.
  • Wetland: provides information needed to manage major wildlife species in wetlands and monitor waterfowl.

Human dimensions

  • Opinion surveys: DNR's wildlife section considers social processes and consequences along with ecological processes in its natural resource management decisions.

Research tools

  • DNRSurvey: DNRSurvey is an ESRI ArcMap AddIn developed by MnDNR Wildlife and MnIT Services to facilitate aerial surveys of wildlife. It is moving map software with customized data entry forms to record point, line, polygon, or audio point features in real time.

Contact

Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager, St. Paul
[email protected]
tel. 651-259-5202
fax 651-297-4961