ECS Canines for Conservation!  

ECS is partnering with non-profit organization Working Dogs for Conservation (WD4C) on a research study  on the conservation application of detecting hard-to-find bumble bee nests, which are often underground.  Bumble bees are super pollinators whose populations are dwindling, and the nests and their locations offer critical information on species density, habitat occupancy, and habitat requirements - all things we have much to learn about to help save them.  We think scent detection canines can be of significant help in this task, and ECS teams Karen Reynolds/Remi, Laura Symonds/Kenna, Aryn Hervel/Spec, and Stephanie Burns/Kona are currently cross-training for this conservation application.

Taking Water Quality Protection Into The Future!


​​​​​​Environmental Canine Services (ECS) is a unique environmental consulting company that uses scent detection canines to identify and source track human pathogen pollution 

in surface waters, which is caused by leaking sewer lines, illicit pipe connections, and failing septic systems.  Our work helps improve water quality for the health of humans, animals, and the environment. Using canines for

this purpose is a complimentary tool to traditional methods such as laboratory testing and is rapid and cost effective. The canines provide instant results, distinguish human from animal source pollution, and can track the sources immediately. ​​

Why Use Canines? Because The Nose Knows!

Canines have unique olfactory systems that can smell odors at concentrations of up to

100 million times lower than humans can and distinguish the elements of one odor from

those of another odor.  That's why they have been used for many years for important

scenting jobs, such as bomb detection, arson detection, drug detection, and search and

rescue.  The role of scenting canines is growing and now includes the ability to detect

important scents such as cancer, diabetes, bed bugs, mold, gas leaks, endangered animals,

and invasive plants and animals.                                                                                                                               Video: How Dogs See With Their Noses

​The pathogens in sewage discharged into our waterways from leaking sewer lines, failing septic systems, and illicit pipe connections can harm the health of humans who swim, boat, and fish there, as well as harm the animals and marine life in and around the water.  Many times, the sources of the discharges are under ground, under water, or otherwise undetectable with human sight and smell. But CANINES CAN SMELL WHAT WE CAN'T SEE OR SMELL.  Through ECS, canines have become an important part of human pathogen pollution detection and elimination programs.

Contact:  Karen Reynolds, President

Phone: (517) 282-5493

Otisfield, Maine


Photo by Nancy Greifenhagen