Citizen Science and Wildlife Monitoring in the Pacific Northwest
Working in wild lands across the state of Washington and across the border in British Columbia, volunteer citizen wildlife monitors working with the Cascades Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project to document the presence and movement of wildlife, from wolverines to wolves to elk. The job combines wintertime snow tracking with year-long remote camera work. Volunteers are trained and mentored by a partnership of Conservation Northwest, Wilderness Awareness School, and the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition.
Conservation Northwest focuses on documenting priority wildlife (wolves, grizzly bears, and wolverines) in areas outside of the I-90 corridor. I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition leads on remote cameras along the interstate near key connectivity areas and proposed wildlife-crossing structures identified in the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project. The Wilderness Awareness School heads up the wintertime tracking of priority wildlife, from bears to wolverines. A broader, statewide program involves monitoring wildlife in Washington beyond the Cascades – in the Columbia Highlands and other areas around the state.
Help Document Wolverines in the Cascades!
For all of you winter backcountry enthusiasts looking for an opportunity to contribute to carnivore conservation in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, the Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project is hoping you will be their eyes in the field. Wolverines are a stocky and muscular carnivores in Washington State with exceptionally large home ranges. Rare in the region, their exact population and distribution with the Northwest is currently unknown. It is of great interest to conservation organizations and wildlife managers to better understand the range of these amazing creatures. With a trained eye you can help. Click on the image below to view a PDF slideshow with information on how to identify and document potential wolverine tracks.
Contact David about hosting a training in your community on where to expect wolverine tracks, what a wolverine track looks like in the snow, how to record a track if you find one, and who to share the information within our program for identification and follow-up. Further information is available on the Conservation Northwest Website.