Forest Carnivore Monitoring

Over the past month or so we’ve introduced you to our incredible founders, along with sharing some of the work we do to keep habitat in the Swan healthy and whole. One of our most important projects (and arguably the coolest) is forest carnivore monitoring. We’ve been monitoring the existence and distribution of fisher, Canada lynx, marten, and wolverine for the last 20 years and we’re now in our seventh field season on the Southwestern Crown of the Continent Collaborative Carnivore Monitoring Project. We use snow track surveys and non-invasive hair collection stations, ie: “bait stations” to gather information about the rare and elusive predators that inhabit our forests. With generous support from the US Forest Service, the Nature Conservancy of Montana, and the Charlotte Y. Martin Foundation, we can continue studying these fascinating creatures to better understand the changing landscape and climate. Read more about snow-dependent carnivores on our website and be sure to check out this video, edited and produced by Swan Valley Connections and The Whizpops: 

 
 

It’s the last day of the year to make a tax-deductible donation for 2017! Support our carnivore monitoring work and other critical conservation projects by joining our 20th anniversary $20,000 fundraising challenge. Visit SwanValleyConnections.org/20th-anniversary-celebration for details.

 
 Wolverine/AY Images

Wolverine/AY Images

 Canada lynx/Hamiza Bakirci

Canada lynx/Hamiza Bakirci

 
 
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