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High Country Citizen Science at Glacier National Park

Main Project Information
Presented By Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center
Goal Monitor status of mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and pikas
Task Observe mountain goats, bighorn sheep & pikas in alpine habitats
Where Glacier National Park, United States of America Montana

High Country Citizen Science participants are needed to conduct back-country surveys to collect data on the number and distribution of mountain goats and bighorn sheep and presence/absence data on pikas, three species of concern in the high country of Montana's Glacier National Park. This contribution will enable the park to more effectively manage these species and their habitats.

Participants attend a one-day classroom and field-based education program to learn about species identification, management concerns, and how to observe and document observations of each species. They also learn how to use field equipment such as spotting scopes, compasses, and global positioning system (GPS) units. Once trained, participants select survey sites from a list of mapped locations and hike to sites to conduct a one hour observational survey on mountain goats and bighorn sheep or pikas. Hiking distances vary between 3 to 15 miles one way. During pika surveys, participants traverse talus (boulder) fields looking under rocks for signs of pikas.

How to Join

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Project Timing Annually June - October
Ideal Age Group High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time An hour or so
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a hike
Training Materials
Tags bighorn sheep, glacier, glacier national park, glacier park, hiking, montana, mountain goat, mountain goats, mountains, national park, national parks, national park service, nps, park, parks, pika, pikas
Project Updated 04/11/2017