Indentifying and Protecting Wildlife Corridors

We organized another wildlife track and sign identification course with renown wildlife specialist Casey McFarland on April 9th and 10th.  He will be in the area this summer and would like to do more courses, so get on our wait list and I’ll keep you posted.

Here is some feedback from a couple of the latest participants:

From Michael Cox ~ The weekend was terrific!  Casey taught me a new way of looking at the natural world.  It was like suddenly realizing that you’ve been living in the dark and having the light turned on.  It was intimidating and challenging but I’d do it again next weekend if I could, and I hope that Casey does another session sometime soon.

I am interested in your project, but I should tel you that I only received a 68 in the course, and reached some astoundingly stupid conclusions, so I’m not sure how much help I could be. So please alert me when you go out next time.

PS- Thanks for the heads up on the course, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

and from Sarah and Matt Fontaine ~Hi Peter,

Matt and I both thoroughly enjoyed the weekend, and got so much out of it!  I have been looking at tracks, and books of tracks, for a while… it was so satisfying to have someone with extensive knowledge to give hard facts to what had previously been questionable deduction.  And Casey showed us animal sign that I would have walked right past, not knowing what to look for.  We also appreciate the style of teaching: having us try to figure out what a track/sign is using whatever knowledge and common sense we have, before just telling us.  That really gets one looking around, analyzing the surroundings, asking questions like ‘who would live here?’ or ‘what size animal would make that scat?’

We are interested in volunteering for the Pathways monitoring program, do keep us posted!

April 16th was the first “Citizen Science Day”, but fortunately its a long celebration that lasts till May 21st!  So pick up and pitch in to help gather data and enrich our knowledge of the natural world.

Thanks for volunteering your time and effort!

NOVA – Wild Ways

Next Wednesday, April 20th at 9PM, tune in to NOVA on PBS and Explore how newly established wildlife corridors offer hope to endangered species.

Source: NOVA – Official Website | Wild Ways

It should be a good one, and it does highlight the efforts of our partners at The Wildlands Project, who help co-ordintate landscape and eco-region scale efforts people are making for wildlife connectivity between National Parks and other protected areas.

Thank you Jonah Evans for this quick video on proper photo technique for capturing clear, readable wildlife tracks.

Watch this new video about the value of Mountain Lions to people and the environment here:

Source: The Secret Life of Mountain Lions – The Video

Then scroll down on that link to join the webinar with Mt. Lion researcher Mark Elbroch.

So I guess we can forget about “big winters” and just hope for  the small reprieve of wetness now and then.

Source: Southwest dries as wet weather systems become more rare | UCAR – University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

The howling winds of spring have arrived.  If you have any bare ground, cover it with 2″ of wood chips or manure.  Think of ways you can give back to the Earth, the land around where you live, upon which our life depends.

Go to the article at moutainlion.org here:  Colorado’s First Wildlife Bridge

and read about how Grand County, Colorado puts up the money just in time to receive matching Federal monies to build this first (of several planned) overpass for wildlife in CO.

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