It’s Wolverine Wednesday!
Hello volunteers! Below is the latest news from the wolverine world. Please read through and let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for all your hard work this past week and your continued commitment to the project as we head quickly into February.
Firkin Friday the wolverine way:
Keeping in the tradition of a monthly get-together for our Wolverine Project volunteers, we invite all our project participants to join us on February 3rd for Firkin Friday at Laughing Dog Brewery in Ponderay, ID. This will be a great opportunity to meet other volunteers and to share stories from your camera station adventures this winter. We’ll kick off the event at 5:00pm with a short project update and a summary of what we’ve accomplished so far. Come on out and enjoy Firkin Friday the wolverine way, and remember to wear your hats!
Wolverine volunteers have been busy this week! From wiring beavers to perusing photos, you have shown up in full force to make sure this project continues to clip along at a steady pace.
On Saturday, four volunteers and the FSPW office crew prepared a shipment of 33 beaver from IDFG to supply our camera stations with a total of 66 pre-wired baits! Many thanks to Cate Huisman, Dan Krabacher, Phil Degens, and John Harbuck for their valiant efforts on this dirty work. You can read all about the beaver prep process in Cate’s story “The Glamorous Side of Volunteering”, posted in the FSPW Blog.
We’ve also begun to sort through the thousands of photos that have recently come back from the wildlife cameras at our monitoring stations. For the next few months a group of “photo warriors” will be perusing these photos and identifying the creatures captured in the digital images. By the end of the season we’ll know a lot more about the critters that roam the wilderness of the Idaho Panhandle!
You’ve been working hard in the backcountry as well! As of today we have 21 stations up and running, with four more set to go out this weekend. We’re getting to the point in the season where many of the early stations will be taken down and a whole slew of new stations will be deployed in their place. If you’ve already put your camera station up, remember that you’ll let it record for four weeks total before taking it down. For those of you on the alternate schedule, remember that you’ll want to keep 3 weeks between visits. If anyone has questions about their schedule, please contact me.
Tracking class scheduled for February 20th:
If you haven’t had the opportunity to attend one of Brian Baxter’s wildlife tracking courses, I would suggest clearing your schedule for the 20th of February! Brian will be leading another all-day tracking class in Heron, MT for anyone interested in learning more about winter ecology and the interpretation of wildlife sign. Brian’s courses have been a huge hit this winter, so contact him early at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
Photos from your adventures:
Just a reminder that we’d love to share your photos from wolverine adventures with the rest of the volunteer crew. If you have a selection of shots that you’d like to have posted, or a brief anecdote for our Stories from the Field collection, please email them to me at email@example.com. You may also submit photos to our annual photo competition by following this link.