Susan C. Morse
Susan C. Morse, forester and Keeping Track director, is a nationally recognized naturalist and habitat specialist
with thirty years of experience tracking and interpreting wildlife uses of habitat. She
is published in her field and participates annually in carnivore research conferences
and field monitoring projects in Arizona, Montana, and throughout the Northern
Forest. She is an active member of the Western Forest Carnivores Committee
and Northeast Carnivore Conservation Working Group and has focused her research
activities on cougar, bobcat, black bear, and Canada lynx. Susan is sole proprietor
of Morse and Morse Forestry and Wildlife Consultants - a four generation family
business which specializes in assisting private landowners, land trusts, and
conservation organizations with assessing wildlife habitat qualities and managing
forests to enhance and perpetuate those values. She has lectured in environmental
studies and forest ecology at the University of Vermont and Burlington College.
Susan was the recipient in 2001 of the Franklin Fairbanks Award from the Trustees
of the Fairbanks Museum for her lifelong creative and dedicated service to
enriching the awareness and understanding of the natural world among the residents
of New England.
Susan founded Keeping Track in 1994 and developed
an effective and unique track
and sign survey protocol that is at the cutting edge of wildlife research in
the United States today. She developed her procedures and techniques on six square
miles of wild country surrounding her home, 'Wolfrun', in Jericho, Vermont. Susan
has tested her idea with other carnivore biologists, in particular Harley Shaw
and the Fort Huachuca track count in southwestern Arizona. Wolf Run now serves
as one of Keeping Track's training sites, while its administrative office
is in Huntington, Vermont. She leads Keeping Track's volunteer training programs
and oversees development of our training curriculum. Susan quickly engages her
audiences with her keen wit, personal anecdotes, and deep caring for wildlife.
Her superb wildlife photography makes her public presentations truly memorable.
and Keeping Track have been featured on National Public Radio's "Morning
Edition," and in the following magazines, Smithsonian, Audubon, Vermont
Life, Amicus Journal, Animals, Wild Earth, Orion Afield, Forest and The
Nature Conservancy. In addition, Susan is the subject of the soon to be
published (in press, will be published in February of 2003) children's book
The Woods Scientist. This book is part of the Houghton Mifflin Company's
"Scientists In The Field Series."