San Diego Management & Monitoring Program

Vertebrate Species
Reserve Connectivity for Focal Species: American Badger


Project description

An assessment of which areas within and adjacent to the San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) are occupied by American badger and would be suitable for further study of connectivity for badger. The Connectivity Monitoring Strategic Plan (CMSP) lists badgers as a priority for functional connectivity monitoring. The objective of this study was to identify badger locations in San Diego using canine scent detection. This method is advantageous in that large areas can be surveyed, in relatively little time, for badger scat, yielding information on badger home range locations and habitat usage within the county. This information will be utilized in future years to implement subsequent portions of the CMSP priority 1 connectivity monitoring of badgers which will analyze badger movement using radio telemetry techniques.

Project groups


Project Group: American Badger Movement Studies

Project location

County: Riverside, San Diego

General: Central-central, Central-west, North-central, North-west, South-central, South-west

MU: 10, 11, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Project focus

Project type: Monitoring

Target species: American badger

Target vegetation: chaparral, coastal sage scrub, grassland

Investigator: Amy Vandergast

Main implementing entity: U.S. Geological Survey

Point of contact: Cheryl Brehme

SDMMP lead: Sarah McCutcheon

Study lead: Cheryl Brehme

Strategic elements

Budget year: pre FY15-1; Work plan objectives number:

Files and Documents

2012 Rapid Assessment of the Distribution of American Badgers Within Western San Diego County

Author(s):Brehme, Cheryl; Fisher, Robert N.; Hathaway, Stacie; Rochester, Carlton; Smith, B.H