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Sierra Nevada Red Fox Scat Survey Orientation

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Leaven Community Center

5431 NE 20th Ave

Portland, OR 97211

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Calling all hikers, trekkers, amblers, and explorers! Hike the alpine trails of Mt Hood and help protect our native wildlife.

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Planning on hiking Mt Hood this summer? We are looking for volunteers to help with a community science wildlife survey, collecting genetic information on Sierra Nevada red fox!

  • Go hiking!
  • Learn about elusive wildlife in an area from what they leave behind - scat!
  • Help collect important genetic information on a native, rare carnivore in the Mt Hood National Forest.

This orientation will introduce you to:

  • History, ecology, and status of Sierra Nevada red fox
  • Scat identification of the Big Three - Canids, Felids, and Mustelids - and how to discern fox scat from weasel, coyote, and bobcat
  • Survey locations, procedure, and collection protocols

The Sierra Nevada red fox is one of the most rare animals in North America, and they can only be found in the upper elevations of the Sierras and Oregon's Cascades. Despite calling this land home since the last Ice Age, very little is known about them. Genetic information from scat samples is an important way of helping us bridge this gap with information about their population history, habitat connectivity, and genetic diversity. This information is then used to determine the protection status and management of the Sierra Nevada red fox.

Scat surveys are entirely self-directed - where and when you hike is up to you!

-More information on the Sierra Nevada Red Fox Scat Survey.

-More information on the Wolverine Tracking Project.

The orientation is free and open to all, however registration is limited.

  • If the orientation is full, please add yourself to the waitlist.
  • If you are registered and won't be able to attend, please cancel your registration on Eventbrite, so that another person can take your place.

*Participants under 18 years old will need to be accompanied by a Parent/Guardian.

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