The Moose Hunter Survey is designed to collect long-term data on the population status and trends of Moose population throughout Alberta. It was initiated in 2012 by Dr. Mark Boyce and is coordinated at the Department of Biological Sciences University of Alberta
The Moose Hunter Survey is a volunteer “citizen-science” survey that is taking advantage of mobile phones. Using your smart phone system, you can contribute to wildlife management by collecting data. 40% of Albertans own smart phones, so with your contribution we can obtain a substantial sample size large enough from each Wildlife Manage Area (WMU) to secure a reasonable index of abundance of Moose throughout the province.
Hunters recognize that accurate reporting is essential. Your Moose sighting reports will, afford wildlife managers with the best possible information for making management decisions.
Most hunters have assisted already by reporting the harvest when contacted by Alberta Fish and Wildlife after the hunting season, providing data for creel surveys or by reporting leg bands from ducks and geese harvested. Recording moose sightings on the same day is critical to accurate reporting because it is easy to forget what one saw in the past so the application is programed to gently remind you to enter your data at designated time. The data are stored on the smart phone and when your cell phone communication is established, the recorded moose observations are instantly beamed to a spreadsheet, currently housed at the, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta.
With the data collected through this project, wildlife managers will be able to monitor moose populations each year and they will be able to detect the consequences of changes in harvest regulations, winterkill , winter tick outbreaks etc.
The application is available for the Android and iPhone.
The iPhone Application can be downloaded from the Apple store for free.
The Android Application can be downloaded from The BioSciences web site
There are a few configurations you will need to complete fist:
The Application is now activated and it will remind you at 8:00 PM to enter your sightings for the day.