Interpreting Habitat Imagery utilizing 

internet resources and Google earth

Northwind How To Video

Part 1 Interpreting Habitat Imagery utilizing internet resources and Google earth 



Each of the three lessons builds upon the previous lesson. Before starting make sure you have the current version of Google earth installed on your computer so you can periodically pause the lesson and work with the KMZ files (Google earth overlays) that are found in the included resource materials. The other internet resources used in these lessons do not need to be downloaded. Take a minute to view a clip from Part 1 Lesson 1


As noted above, each “How To” Video contains both video segments (Part 1 Lessons 1-3 described below)  and kmz data files and sample images that you can download onto Google earth and utilize as your view the videos.  Also included on the disc are PDF files that will assist you in utilizing the data to reinforce the lessons.  Each “How to Video” is packaged into a single case and can be purchased from our web store by clicking here or by calling us at 715-264-2160.


Part 1 Lesson 1 (36 min) – How to Read Imagery Attributes and Understanding Elevation, Stem Density Relationship

Within this first lesson we will lay the foundation for what attributes of imagery to look at that will aide you in identifying habitat. We will take an in-depth look at the relationship between elevation and where various types of habitats thrive.  We will also look at stand density, color, crown size and shape of different habitat types that will assist you in determining the type of habitat stand you are looking at.  In the end, knowing what type of habitat grows at certain elevations can narrow down your choices of habitat and then focus on the color, crown size, stand density… to help you identify the type of habitat that you are looking for.  We will also discuss different imagery viewers found on the internet and where we can find some of the best imagery to assist us in determining finding and identifying habitat suitable for whatever activities we plan to conduct in the woods.


Part 1 Lesson 2 (38 min) – Upland Habitat, Lowland Habitat and Transitional Habitat identification and features

The emphasis of this lesson is to learn about habitat. In this video we will break down the habitat into three groups and then start by identifying the primary habitat found in each group.  With each type of habitat we will look at the color, crown density, crown type and soil conditions of where the type of habitat is found.  We will also identify the habitat imagery.  We will look at the relationship of elevation and where we find the habitat type so that in the future it will be easier to locate and identify similar habitat based on your knowledge of the qualities and color of the habitat imagery.


Part 1 Lesson 3 (43 min) – Logging and Habitat Quality, Aging Aspen, Identifying Crown Density in Clear-cuts, and additional Imagery review and comments

In this lesson we will combine what you have learned in lessons 1 and 2 and evaluate more imagery.  Being able to identify habitat, age clear-cuts and even identify the quality of habitat, even where the habitat is lacking in quality due to compaction, beaver activity, stunted growth, etc., is the key. We will compare leaf on and leaf off imagery and identify while looking at both types of imagery at the same time in order to make an easy comparison.  We will look at the crown density of clear-cuts as the stand regenerates and talk about how this aides you in determining the age of the habitat we are evaluating.  Logging will be discussed at great length and how to identify areas of compaction where habitat will be stunted and thus plan our hunts by determining ahead of time where in the cuts we want to spend our time since we have already evaluated the cut using imagery even before have physically been the cut. In the end these three lessons will lay the foundation for you to know how to identify habitat, age habitat and determine the quality of habitat to better plan and conduct your activity in the woods (hunt, etc.) 

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