Cascadia Wildlife Blog
News from the Wolverine Tracking Project and more
As the leaves fall and the days get shorter, it's time to look back with gratitude on our amazing summer 2023 wildlife survey season!
Our team of volunteers worked diligently this summer to collect camera footage, track data, and genetic samples. In total, 160 volunteers worked over 1200 hours, documenting the presence of at least 23 species!
In all of our surveys, we are most focused on data from four target species: wolverine, Sierra Nevada red fox, gray wolf and Pacific marten. These are species with unanswered scientific questions that our data helps illuminate. The more we know about these species, the more we can share with wildlife researchers, managers, and advocates to help guide wildlife and resource management and establish or modify protections.
While we didn't collect any significant data on three of our target species this summer, we did find some indications of Sierra Nevada red fox activity!
The Fox Survey Team returned 12 probable fox scat samples over the summer. Although the samples await DNA testing to know for certain, they have very high potential. Volunteers hiked nearly 200 miles on 32 trips to collect these data, sometimes covering more than 15 miles in a single day -- much like the wolverine we're also tracking!
Summer 2023 also included one camera sighting of our target species as well, from a camera near the eastern boundary of the National Forest.