Welcome to InvasiveAction!


Welcome to Invasive Action. This is a website dedicated to the promotion and education of less invasive wildlife biology practices within the scientific community.

    We aim to do this by promoting the development and usage of such practices as
  1. The use of wildlife rehabilitation and other collaborative data to obtain individual or population data without the increased need for capture
  2. The use of local genetic material to perform environmental DNA assays to reduce the need for capture in presence/absence, diet studies and, possibly with further development population density surveys
  3. The use of genetic material to facilitate a tag-less band-less mark recapture program.
  4. End the necessity to use tags that require surgical procedures in all projects
  5. Although the use of capture, invasive tagging methods such as collars, dyes, even body part removal are considered morally acceptable scientific practices by the general community as most of them have not been proven to have a significant affect on survivability. This group believes that individual stress and suffering should be considered in all wildlife practices and the minimization of that stress and suffering should be minimized by the biologist and should be one of the number one concerns when developing methods for projects. By following these practices and utilizing exisiting genetic materials for information we reduces the man hours spent in the field disturbing natural populations and we can also minimize the occurrences of accidental deaths, injuries, and the spread of diseases like chytrid fungus

    Our group would like to expand the current information here to include genetic information for each individual case. We are currently restricted in this venture by a lack of budget and materials. We currently require DNeasy kits and a continuous frost laboratory freezer. If you would like to donate to this organization to help us with these efforts

    We have designed a program to download and analyse our data. This was done modeling some code from Donoghue and Associates and with the help of Dr. James Graham Please download the zipfile and extract files to the C: drive and select the finalproject.py script. This should bring up a prompt for species. If you do not have ArcGIS installed on your computer please select the script that says CONTAINED. This software was designed to be used with python 2.7 and ArcMap 10.1 programs.

    ANALIPRO version alpha 1.0
    1. Significant causes of injury to wildlife within Humboldt County through July 1, 2013

      All Injuries

      Non-Native cases

    2. Avian Pox

      Barbed Wire

      Cat Attacks

      Contamination and Oilings including the 2012 pelican response

      Dog Attacks

      Electric Fence

      Fishing Hazards

      Hit by Car

      Kidnapped young

      Orphaned young

      Road Strike

      Trapped Animals

      Tree Triming

      Window Strike

    3. Wildlife Rehabilitation and Genetic Information for Humboldt County by Species

      Acorn Woodpecker

      African spur-thighed tortise

      Aleutian Goose

      Allen's Hummingbird

      Allen's Chipmunk

      American Bittern

      American Coot

      American Crow

      American Goldfinch

      American Kestrel

      American Robin

      Anna's Hummingbird

      Bald Eagle

      Barn Owl

      Barred Owl

      Belted Kingfisher

      Bewick's Wren

      Big brown bat

      Black bear

      Black Capped Chickadee

      Black Crowned Night Heron

      Black Headed Grosbeak

      Black-tailed jack rabbit

      Black Pheobe

      Black Rat

      Botta's Pocket Gopher

      Brandt's Cormorant

      Brant goose

      Brewer's Blackbird

      Brown creeper

      Brown headed cow bird

      Brown Pelican

      Brush Rabbit

      Band Tailed Pigeon


      Bullock's Oriole

      Buttler's Garter Snake

      Cassin's Auklet

      California Gull

      California Ground Squirrel

      California Vole

      Canada Goose

      California Quail


      Caspian Tern

      Cedar waxwing

      Chestnut-backed Chickadee

      Clark's Grebe

      Cliff Swallow

      Common Loon

      Common Merganser

      Common Mouse

      Common Murre

      Common Poorwill

      Common Raven

      Common Snipe

      Cook's Petrel

      Cooper's Hawk


      Dark Eyed Junco

      Deer Mouse

      Desert Cottontail

      Double Crested Cormorant

      (Domestic Duck)

      (Domestic Ferret)

      (Domestic Guinea pig)

      (Domestic Turkey)

      Douglas Squirrel

      Downy Woodpecker


      Dusky footed woodrat

      Eared Grebe

      Eurasian Collard Dove

      European Starling

      Evening Grosbeak


      Fox Sparrow

      Fork-tailed storm petrel

      Glaucous-winged gull

      Golden crowned kinglet

      Golden Crowned Sparrow

      Gray Fox

      Graylag Goose

      Great Blue Heron

      Great Horned Owl

      Great Egret

      Greater Yellow Legs

      Greater Scaup

      Green Heron

      Green Winged Teal

      Hairy Woodpecker

      Heermann's Gull

      Herring Gull

      Hermit Thrush

      Hoary Bat

      House Finch

      Horned Grebe

      House Sparrow


      Lazuli Bunting

      Lesser Goldfinch

      Least Sandpiper

      Leech's Storm petrel

      Lincoln's Sparrow

      Little Brown Bat

      Long Billed Dowitcher

      Long Eared Owl

      Long Tailed Duck

      Long Tailed Weasel



      Mexican Free-tailed Bat


      Mourning Dove

      Mule Deer(juveniles)

      Muscovy Duck

      Northern Flicker

      Northern Fulmar

      Northern Harrier

      Northern Mockingbird

      Northern Pintail

      Northern Pygmy Owl

      Northern Raccoon

      Northern Saw-whet Owl

      Northern Spotted Owl

      Orange-crowned Warbler

      (Virginia) Opossum


      Pacific Jumping Mouse

      Pacific Loon

      Pacific Wren

      Pelagic Cormorant

      Peregrine Falcon

      Pine Siskin

      Pied-billed Grebe

      Ring Billed Gull

      Red breasted Sapsucker

      Ruby-crowned Kinglet

      Red Crossbill

      Redhead Duck

      Red-necked Grebe

      Red-necked Phalarope

      Red Phalarope

      Red Shouldered Hawk

      Red Tailed Hawk

      Red Throated Loon

      Red Winged Blackbird

      Rhinoceros Auklet

      Ring-tailed Cat

      River Otter

      Rock Dove

      Rough Skinned Newt

      Ruddy Duck

      Ruffed Grouse

      Rufous Hummingbird

      Sharp Shinned Hawk


      Short Eared Owl

      Siskyou Chipmunk

      Snow Goose

      Sooty Shearwater

      Song Sparrow

      Stellar's Jay

      Spotted Skunk

      Striped Skunk

      Surf Scoter

      Swainson's Thrush

      Thayer's Gull

      Townsend's Warbler

      Townsend's Vole

      Tree Swallow

      Tufted Puffin

      Turkey Vulture

      Vagrant Shrew

      Vaux's Swift

      Varied Thrush

      Violet Green Swallow

      Virginia Rail

      Wandering Tattler

      White Crowned Sparrow

      Western Grebe

      Western Gull

      Western Gray Squirrel

      Western Pond Turtle

      Western Pocket Gopher

      Western Tanager

      Western Sandpiper

      Western Scrub Jay

      Western Screech owl

      Western Wood Peewee

      White Tailed Kite

      White Throated Sparrow

      White Throated Swift

      White Winged Scoter

      Wild Turkey

      Wilson's Warbler

      Wood Duck


      Yellow Rumped Warbler

      Data obtained from the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center
    4. Environmental DNA information

    5. USGS Fact Sheet

      The original purpose for collecting genetic data from randomly sampled local wildlife was to create a database to support environmental DNA assays. Here is a link to the USGS protocol which not only explains the ways in which this technique can be used but also the important role local DNA samples play in it's use.

      Created by Jennifer Mahoney. Images by Laura Corsiglia or used via google images. Data collected at the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center. We would like to expand our data sources to include other groups and focus areas. If you would like to participate in our expansion please send an email to: jrm137@humboldt.edu NAD 1983 UTM Zone 10 Some error is present because locations are estimated from rescue information. There is also error presented in family cases. Cases that include families of animals may have clustered data points falsley indicating events of multiple injuries.