Wolverine Tracking Project: Help search for rare carnivores on Mt Hood
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Cascadia Wild
Times of day
A few hours per month
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
Leaven Community Center
5431 NE 20th Ave
Volunteers are needed to help monitor wildlife cameras and help with snow tracking surveys on Mt Hood this winter. Help search for wolverine and wolves, study the distribution of rare montane red fox, and document other resident carnivores.
Volunteers helping with the camera surveys will be part of a group of 4-5 people that is responsible for maintaining a camera for the winter season, October to April. Read more/RSVP
Volunteers helping with the snow tracking surveys get to learn how to read the footprints left behind in the snow. Tracking surveys are lead by two volunteer experienced volunteer trip leaders and take place almost every weekend mid December through March. We ask that you attend at least two trips but you may come on as many as you like. Read more/RSVP
Orientation sessions for camera volunteers are Sunday October 7, 2:30-4:00pm and Wednesday October 17, 6:00-7:30pm (choose one). You'll learn more about the project, why citizen science is so important in efforts to advocate for imperiled wildlife, and what is expected of you as a volunteer.
For tracking volunteers, there is a two-part training, a classroom session and a field session at Oxbow Park. There are 5 sets of trainings dates to choose from (choose one): Nov 1 and Nov 4, Nov 7 and Nov 11, Nov 13 and 17, and Nov 27 and Dec 1. The training gives you a thorough introduction to animal tracking (identifying footprints in the snow), as well as information about the survey process. Season cost for snow tracking is $65. This fee helps us run the project. Thank you for your support!
Interested in diving into animal tracking? Cascadia Wild also offers an 8-month Naturalist Training Program to train volunteers to become trip leaders.
Cascadia Wild teaches 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.
- Training Provided
How To Apply
Please read the description of the project given in the link above, and follow the link on our website to register.