Some of our favorite work to do at MAD are ecological surveys. They often involve all staff members, who each specialize in collecting a certain type of data: aquatic biota, terrestrial insects, herptiles, wetland delineation, stream characterization, plant inventory, bird identification, cover mapping, etc. Basically, we get to be happy ecologists in the field, making lists, taking photographs, and mapping habitats. More than that though, we get to use this information to help clients determine what they have and what they can do with their properties. Oftentimes clients need this information for a baseline survey if the property is being put under easement or covenant. Other times, land managers wan to know where opportunities lie for restoration or where to avoid disturbance if rare species or unique habitats exist. This information can also aid in the obtainment of grants by showcasing a property’s potential for performing a critical ecosystem function like habitat preservation, water quality improvement, erosion management, or carbon storage. Whatever the need, we enjoy completing them! We hope you’ll enjoy some of the beautiful scenes and species we stumbled across during our surveys this year.