Join a Wildlife Tracking Team! -Wolverine Tracking Project
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We are looking for volunteers to join our Winter Wildlife Tracking Survey this Winter (November 2019-April 2020).
The winter tracking survey is part of the Wolverine Tracking Project, a long-term community science project studying rare carnivores in Mt Hood National Forest.
Learn to identify animals based on their tracks and signs.
Gain valuable field-based experience while learning about and helping to protect our local wildlife!
Help search for wolverine and wolves, study the distribution of rare montane red fox, and document other resident carnivores.
Tracking encompasses knowledge of animal behavior, awareness, ecology, and more, and is an important skill for any one looking to get into conservation, wildlife biology, environmental science and resource management, forestry, or for anyone looking to develop a deeper connection and understanding with the natural world. The more you study tracking, the more you realize that everything, in fact, leaves a track of some sort.
Tracking teams leave for Mt Hood from Portland almost every weekend throughout winter. Surveys are completed by snowshoe in groups of up to 10, led by 1-2 Tracking Leaders.
To volunteer, we ask that you first attend a training with us: one classroom training (offered weekday evenings in NE Portland) and one field-based training (offered weekends at Oxbow Park). Training will run throughout October and November. After training, you will be able to register for tracking trips. Please see our website for more details and for training dates.
Training COST: $65 - this fee covers both trainings and gives you a full season of mentorship.
We ask that trackers complete a minimum of two surveys.
Training DATES: both the field and classroom trainings have multiple dates to choose from throughout October and November.
More information: http://www.cascadiawild.org/winter-tracking.html
We hope to see you on the mountain this winter!
About CASCADIA WILD
5431 NE 20TH AVE, PORTLAND, OR 97211, US
The mission of Cascadia Wild is to connect people of all ages with the natural world, combining modern ecology with ancient practices of living with the earth. We do this by teaching naturalist skills, creating meaningful interactions with local natural areas, and providing stewardship opportunities for serving the wildlife, forests, and land of the Pacific Northwest.
Cascadia Wild is a Portland-based nonprofit dedicated to connecting people with the natural world. We do this by teaching naturalist skills, creating meaningful interactions with local natural areas, and providing stewardship opportunities for serving the wildlife, forests, and land of the Pacific Northwest.
Our largest program is a community science project called the Wolverine Tracking Project, in which volunteers help survey for wolverine and other rare carnivores on the Mt Hood National Forest. Participants get out to the national forest and learn about wildlife, while at the same time contributing to an increased understanding of the wildlife on Mt Hood. Three different types of surveys are done: snow tracking, in which highly trained volunteers look for footprints in the snow; camera surveys, in which volunteers maintain baited trail cameras to detect wildlife, and scat surveys, in which volunteers hike trails to search for scat.
Cascadia Wild also offers programs in animal tracking, wild plant foraging, and wilderness survival. We combine modern ecology with the ancient practices of living with nature, to help people develop healthier relationships with the natural environment and with their community.
We'll work with your schedule.
5431 NE 20th AvePortland, OR 97211
- Orientation or Training
- In addition to two 3-hour trainings, we ask that volunteers commit to two full-day tracking surveys per season.
- Able to snowshoe two miles; children/minors accompanied by a parent or guardian