SHERIDAN — December to May this winter season, local volunteers will assist in the Western States Wolverine Conservation Program in the Bighorn National Forest in cooperation with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
According to a press release, this is a citizen science monitoring effort led by the Council for the Bighorn Range and partner the Cloud Peak Chapter of Wilderness Watch. The citizen science volunteers will collect data on rare carnivores, such as wolverines and lynx, to aid with national forest planning efforts and contribute to the broader understanding of where these animals live.
The Cloud Peak-Bighorn Range Wildlife Monitoring Project was launched this year as a partnership for the public benefit for remaining wildlands, wildlife and habitat.
The project will include the following:
• Collect wildlife data on species including wolverines, fishers, lynx, martens and other no-game wildlife on public lands.
• Engage locals and individuals with an interest in wildlife and public land conservation.
• Enhance partnerships with our communities, conservationists, state and federal agencies. Provide education opportunities across the region on predators and non-game wildlife throughout the region.
According to the press release, volunteers will use stations equipped with motion-triggered cameras and hair snares, collecting DNA hair samples and photo evidence of which wildlife visit each site. WGFD is locating five stations in the Bighorn National Forest and the volunteers will provide three to five additional profiled sites.
The Cloud Peak-Bighorn WMP will provide support for two additional seasons beyond the baseline study this year. Data collected will be provided to the WGFD in the survey. The results can then be shared with the Bighorn National Forest, other wildlife managers and researchers.
Volunteer information will be provided in two public meetings in October. The Sheridan meeting will take place Tuesday at the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library from 6-7:30 p.m.
Additional sessions will also take place in Worland and Buffalo.
For additional information, contact Rob Davidson at email@example.com.