17 people are interested
Join a Wildlife Camera Crew!
17 people are interested
Join the Wildlife Camera Crew this Winter!
Maintain a trail camera in Mt. Hood National Forest, and get to know the different visitors throughout the season - animals like Sierra Nevada red fox, gray wolf, mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, deer, elk, squirrels - and more!
- Support long term research
- Gain valuable field work experience
- Learn about and help protect our native wildlife
- Receive discounts on Cascadia Wild classes
The Wildlife Camera Survey collects data about which animals are using a certain area of the forest. Over time, the data tell us about changes in habitat use and paint a larger picture of life in the forest. Camera crews maintain about 20 wildlife trail cameras throughout Mt Hood National Forest in both summer and winter seasons (May-October and November-April). One camera crew is responsible for checking a trail camera site every 3-5 weeks to apply fresh bait, swap the camera's memory card and batteries, look for genetic samples, and then upload the photos.
Each member of a Camera Crew must be able to:
- commit to conducting at least 2-3 camera checks per season
- snowshoe a minimum of 2 miles (equivalent to hiking about 5 miles) - we will have some snowshoes available to check out on a request basis.
- be comfortable working in various conditions for up to six hours, which can involve: rain and/or snow; icy surfaces or deep snow; standing in one place for long periods of time setting a camera; some uphill snowshoeing
- have experience navigating using a mapping application, GPS, or map and compass (we will also provide training)
- demonstrate outdoor experience
- accurately follow survey protocols
- provide all required gear and equipment (see below)
- properly maintain and store borrowed Cascadia Wild equipment
- provide all transportation to/from Mt Hood National Forest - during winter, highway regulations require 2-wheel drive vehicles to carry chains
- agree to Cascadia Wild's COVID-19 protocols, including: wear masks when you are within 10 feet of another person and maintain a distance from others at all times
- check the site with at least one other member of the Camera Crew
- attend the online training
We hope to see you!
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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.
We believe in balancing scientific study with heartfelt connection, creativity, and holistic awareness, combining the awareness of a native tracker with the knowledge of a modern scientist. Our teaching style uses hands-on experiential learning to engage all the senses. By tapping into a person's own natural curiosity, nature itself becomes the teacher. The goal of this style of learning is to instill a strong connection to the land and a passion for stewardship.
Through our community science Wolverine Tracking Project, our goals are not only to inform research and management but to also offer an opportunity for stewardship. By providing a space where people can learn about and help protect the abundant life with whom we share the forest, we seek to instill a sense of belonging to a place and a recognition of the responsibility that comes with that, to inspire stewardship in the actions of everyday life.
We hope to foster a community of trackers, foragers, naturalists, community scientists, stewards, and people more deeply connected with the natural world - a community that is also a part of the wild life and wild places of Cascadia, our home.
It is our vision that people and communities everywhere will act with care and respect for the natural world, motivated by their understanding of their place in our interconnected ecosystems and their perception of their role in the cycle of life.
5431 NE 20th AvePortland, OR 97211
September 17, 2021