|Spend the time||outdoors|
|Location||Washington United States Twisp|
Some specialized tasks use global positioning system (GPS) and geographic information system (GIS) equipment. These will be available depending on need and experience. Participants will need a car to travel to field sites.
Western Gray Squirrel Project
The Western Gray Squirrel Project needs volunteers to assist with surveys of this species' population in the Methow Watershed in Washington State.
The western gray squirrel is listed as threatened in Washington State, and the Methow Valley area is home of one of the last three populations remaining in the state.
The main goal for this project is to conduct distribution surveys and relative abundance estimates that will augment work being conducted by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. This effort will further scientific knowledge about gray squirrel distributions throughout the Methow Valley.
Another goal is to conduct outreach to private landowners about western gray squirrel habitat and to educate the local community about the status of, threats to, and conservation needs of the squirrel.
There is potential for this project to lead to further work on western gray squirrels and other aspects of conservation science.