Saturday, June 14, 2014

Cascade Carnivore Project

If you are interested in joining the Cascade Carnivore Project volunteer crew for the 2014 Field Season (July 1-Sept.30) as a trail steward, read on!

Jocelyn Atkins (Project Coordinator for CCP) is looking for dedicated hikers to collect carnivore scats from one to four trails. In order to join this trail stewardship effort, you will need to commit to a minimum of 3 hikes between July 1 and September 30. You are free to select any 3 dates which work for you within this timeframe. If you want to do them all together, you will need to sign up for 3 different trails. If you would like to sign up for three well-spaced dates, you can opt for the same trail or different ones, as you prefer. There will be no formal training for this position. Ms. Atkins will send you supplies and the field protocol to guide you.

As a trail steward, you will photograph and collect any putative montane red fox, wolverine, coyote or gray wolf scat for genetic DNA analysis in order to investigate the conservation status and connectivity of the montane red fox and the wolverine in the Cascade Range. GPS and camera will be helpful, but they are not required.

If you are interested in becoming a trail steward, select the trail(s) you would like to steward from the following list and contact Ms. Atkins via cascadescarnivore(at) with the trail name(s) and number of visits (1-4) you intend to make.

If you have sighted a montane red fox or a wolverine in Washington or Oregon or would like to suggest a trail you think might be a good spot to detect one, the Cascades Carnivore Project would love to hear about it.

You may follow the Project's blog postings at

Mt Rainier & Tatoosh Wilderness Trail Stewardships

• Wonderland Trail – any sections
• Paradise to Panorama Point
• Paradise River Trail
• High Lakes Trail from Reflection Lakes to Skyline Trail
• Sunrise area – any trails
• Burroughs Loop Trail
• White River to Glacier Basin (optional to St. Elmo's Pass)
• White River to Emmons Moraine Trail (terminus)
• Kautz Creek Trail (at least 6 miles out - 12 miles round trip)
• Eagle Peak from Longmire
• Summerland
• Paul Peak Trail
• Mowich Lake to Eagle's Roost
• Mowich Lake towards Mowich River (1 mile out - 2 miles round trip)
• Tatoosh Lakes

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