Surveys and Research Program

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s Surveys & Research (S&R) Program is housed within the agency’s Wildlife Management Division. Program responsibilities principally include surveys, research and regulations for game and furbearer species. The mission of the Surveys and Research Program is to 1) ensure the long term viability and sustained harvest of game and furbearer populations by providing the best possible scientific information on the status and management of each species and its habitats so that regulations and management are based on objective data; and 2) participate in planning and coordination of management directives based on sound science.

Annual Summary Report

2020 Surveys and Research Summary Report (Low-resolution ~3 MBs PDF)
2020 Surveys and Research Summary Report (Lower-resolution ~6MBPDF)
 

S&R Program staff include (as of November 2020)

David Sawyer – Program Coordinator
Doug Howell – Migratory Game Bird Coordinator
Chris Kreh – Upland Game Bird Biologist
Colleen Olfenbuttel – Black Bear and Furbearer Biologist
Dr. Jonathan Shaw – Deer Biologist
Andrea Shipley – Mammalogist (shared staff with Wildlife Diversity Program)
Joe Fuller – Program Supervisor (Support Unit)
Merril Cook – Wildlife Health Biologist (Support Unit)
Casey Dukes – Conservation Biologist I (Support Unit)
Kimberly McCargo – Conservation Biologist I (Support Unit)
Ryan Myers – Wildlife Surveys Biologist (Support Unit)

Annual Reports

These reports are issued annually and represent of many of the recurring survey activities and current research within the S&R Program. Information included does not represent the full report on tan overviewhese individual activities. For most activities, more thorough and detailed reports are available and can be found on our website (ncwildlife.org) or by request. 

2019 Surveys and Research Program Report (High-resolution PDF; 17 MBs)

2019 Surveys and Research Program Report (Low-resolution PDF; 3 MBs)

2018 Surveys and Research Program Report (High-resolution PDF; 16 MBs)

2018 Surveys and Research Program Report (Low-resolution PDF; 2 MBs)