Welcome to AVID

AVID is a project to Assess Vegetation for Impacts from Deer. Plants are monitored each year to evaluate the impact of deer browsing. AVID is a method for volunteers, foresters, landowners and others to measure the effect of deer browse on New York forests. Volunteers are encouraged to use AVID to document this aspect of New York forest health. Participants will learn about forest and woodland ecology, how to identify spring wildflowers and trees, and develop an eye for recognizing signs of deer impacts.

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Upcoming Events

How Deer Affect Your Woods

Sep 30th 2020 at 7:00 EST

Zoom meeting - remote

Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County and Waterman Conservation Education Cent
Past Event

Assessing Vegetation Impacts from Deer - A "Hands-On" Workshop

Aug 30th 2020 at 10:00 EST

Thayer Preserve, Ithaca, NY

This 1.5-hr workshop will be an informal walk at Finger LakesLand Trust’s Thayer Preserve, where

How to Volunteer

How You Will Benefit

  • Collect data in your woods or land in your community and enter it here to track tree, shrub and wildflower response to deer browsing over time.
  • Learn to identify important spring wildflower and tree species
  • Learn to recognize evidence of deer impacts based on the presence or absence of key wildflower, shrub, and tree indicator species
  • Contribute to a statewide database to document how deer impacts are changing through time. These data can help guide deer management decisions at local and state levels.

Credit: Haliburton Forest

How To Get Started

Step 1: Register and create an account. (This registration will allow you to enter and access your data online)

Step 2: Learn about the methods you will use in one of the following ways:

  • Visit the Resources tab at the top of the page and download the AVID manual. The manual can be printed and you can read it at your leisure or take it into the field with you. Data sheets are included at the end of the manual.
  • Read through the Site Preparation and User Guides tabs here at the web site. All of the information in the manual is also present here. You can then print the data sheets you will need by clicking on the Resources tab and downloading the data sheets.
  • View this recorded presentation about using the AVID method, then download the data sheets through the Resources tab.
  • Attend an AVID training

Step 3: Collect your data and enter it via the dashboard.

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