Citizen scientists sought for wildlife monitoring in Montana

Great Falls Tribune:  “The Montana Wilderness Association is looking for backcountry citizen scientists to help collect data on wolverines and other wildlife on the east side of the Continental Divide.

“Volunteers are needed to help with wildlife monitoring efforts by adopting one or more routes within the study area and surveying them throughout the winter.

“In past years, MWA, in partnership with Winter Wildlands Alliance, Wild Things Unlimited, Defenders of Wildlife and the Helena National Forest, has identified several wolverines, as well as lynx, grizzly bears and other forest carnivores west of the Continental Divide.

“However, little is known about wildlife presence or activity on the east side of the Divide near Nevada Mountain.

“Volunteers need to be backcountry-savvy and prepared to work and travel in a remote winter environment. Proper equipment (skis or snowshoes) is required.”

via Citizen scientists sought for wildlife monitoring.

Conservation Groups to Sue Over Wolverine Decision

984dfea5-459a-4a2e-9391-3f8db893e4fdGR:  The FWS decision yesterday reversed earlier plans to protect the species.  FWS claimed the change was due to uncertainty over the effects of climate change.  This is nonsense.  The wolverine could be extinct by the time we know how climate change will affect the species. 

According to the Associated Press, a coalition of 13 conservation groups has filed notice that it will sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its decision to withdraw proposed protections for the wolverine (phys.org).

Having to sue for protection for a species that is down to a few hundred individuals should not be necessary.  Perhaps we need some new faces in the FWS.

Earthjustice.org–An Important Wolverine Supporter

Earthjustice Works to Protect Wolverine, other Wildlife, and Places

Wolverine by AYImages.

A member of the Earthjustice team, Tim Preso, the managing attorney of Earthjustice’s Northern Rockies office, has been advocating for Wolverine since the Bush administration.

“The presence of the wolverine tells us that the landscape is productive not only for the wolverine but for lots of other creatures that also require that kind of landscape: the fish, smaller mammals and, ultimately, us.”  Earthjustice Managing Attorney Tim Preso
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