Join the Hudson Highlands Land Trust for a conservation science study and an off-trail walk!
We'll be learning about the deer population on our new property, the Granite Mountain Preserve.
Explore the woods in teams while walking one or more half-mile-long transects to estimate the density of deer per square mile. Learn the scientific methods of data collection in the field, how to estimate animal populations from scat surveys, how to stay on a compass bearing, how to follow a transect on your phone---and a lot about deer ecology!
Expect to walk at least two miles off-trail on rough terrain. Hiking boots required. We also recommend that you take precautions against tick-borne illness by wearing light-colored clothing with long sleeves, tucking pants into socks, using insect repellent and checking for ticks periodically during the day.
Best for adult volunteers; ages 12+ welcome with an adult guardian. Online registration for each study session closes at noon on the previous Wednesday. If you are interested in signing up after that, please email email@example.com.