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Volunteers Wanted for Glacier Park Bighorn Sheep Study

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The Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center and biologists from the University of Memphis are recruiting and training 45 volunteers to identify, classify and record the behavior of bighorn sheep in Glacier National Park this season.

Across North America, bighorn sheep face critical disease threats, and the efforts of volunteers will help determine if community science and animal behavior can improve disease monitoring and management in national parks and other wilderness areas.

Community science volunteers will collect data on bighorn sheep behavior alongside biologists using provided spotting scopes and binoculars. Volunteers should wear typical hiking clothes and bring their own food and water. Hiking distances will be 5-15 miles per day, with the flexibility to choose preferred hiking locations and dates. No prior experience is necessary. Attendance is required at one of three one-day trainings held at the Community Building at the park headquarters in West Glacier at 162 Mather Drive. Volunteers are required to complete at least two behavioral surveys within a week of attending a training session, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Training dates:

August 6 West Glacier

September 9 West Glacier

September 30 West Glacier

To register for a training session or for more information, contact CCRLC at (406)-888-7986 or email [email protected] Donors to the Glacier National Park Conservancy provide nearly all of the funding for the park’s citizen science program. The program will not be able to reimburse volunteer expenses. Visit the Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center Citizen Science page for more information about our program.