Happy Wolverine Wednesday Everyone!
We’re clipping right along through February, and as usual things have been busy here at the office. Thanks to everyone for your hard work pulling stations out of the field over the last few weeks! We’ve gotten quite a few of those cameras back out to our second round of sites, and we’ll have the rest of the stations up and running by the 25th. Please read through the updates below so you’re in the loop for the upcoming weeks. There are a few especially important end-of-season reminders.
End of Season Logistics:
It’s sad but true; the end of the field season is quickly approaching. This being so, I have several important reminders that I’d like everyone to start thinking about.
- All stations need to be set up by February 25th. I know a few of you are still waiting for a camera, and I’m doing my best to get our first round of station set-ups back in to the office so we can get them into your hands. If you’re waiting for a camera, please email me the dates that you need/want to go out over the next two weeks so I can finalize the camera schedule.
- All stations need to be out of the field by March 24th. This is what you might call a set-in-stone date. If you think you might have a conflict with scheduling a station visit to remove the camera set-up by the 24th, please contact me as soon as possible so we can figure out a way to work around the conflict.
- We save unused supplies! If you still have project supplies hanging around your houses, please return those to our office in Sandpoint. These supplies include: electrical fittings, unused wire, and especially gun brushes. We will return some of those supplies to IDFG, and reuse the rest next season or on other projects throughout the year.
February 20th Tracking Class:
Brian Baxter will be offering his last wildlife tracking class of the season on February 20th in Heron, MT. If you have not had the opportunity to take one of Brian’s classes this winter, you’ll want to clear your calendar for this introduction to wildlife tracking and animal sign interpretation. Anyone interested in winter ecology and the critters that call this region home will love this full-day tracking adventure with a true wilderness aficionado. For more information and to sign up for the class, email Brain Baxter at firstname.lastname@example.org. These classes have been a huge hit this winter, so sign up soon if you plan to participate!
Upcoming Wolverine Events:
March 1: Laughing Dog Brewery. Join the Wolverine Crew for a night of fun at the Laughing Dog Brewery in Ponderay, ID. Wear your Wolverine Watch hats and swap stories of adventure with your fellow volunteers while enjoying the well-crafted brews of the Laughing Dog. 5pm on March 1st.
April 1: 2011-12 End of the Season Bash. FSPW will host a pot-luck style bash to celebrate the efforts of the 2011-12 Rare Forest Carnivore Project with the entire Wolverine Crew. Mark your calendars now, because you won’t want to miss this event. We’ll show photos, award prizes to exceptional volunteers, and share the exciting summary of this season’s field efforts. We’ll also be taking a group photo of all volunteers in attendance, so we’d like to see as many of you as possible at the event. Stay tuned for the location announcement and to find out how you can vote for awards.