Tick-Borne Illness - Deer Density Aerial Survey

In 2013, as part of the tick-borne illness prevention initiative, the Martha's Vineyard Boards of Health orchestrated an island wide aerial survey to collect deer herd density figures. Data from the aerial survey verified Massachussets deer herd estimates at a figure of roughly fifty deer per square mile on Martha's Vineyard, a relatively high number when compared to just nineteen deer per square mile on the mainland.

Overview of the Aerial Survey

Fly-over footage as part of the MVBOH deer count survey. Deer heat signatures register as a 'white dot' on the screen. The image is then cross referenced with a Hi-Res color photo copy to ensure accuracy.

Video produced by: Martha's Vineyard Productions


Deer Survey Summary
Deer Survey Maps

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