Summer is drawing near, and for many research projects that means the start of the field work season is fast approaching. For the last several weeks, we’ve been hard at work getting the Washington Urban-Wildland Carnivore Project ready to transition out of the pilot stage so we can launch our full-scale field study in the next couple of weeks.
One of the tasks that has taken more time than expected was responding to all of the emails we received from members of the public that wanted to participate in our study. On May 11th, we launched a webpage for the Washington Urban-Wildland Carnivore Project on the Woodland Park Zoo’s website. At the same time, Woodland Park Zoo also issued a press release that was covered by news outlets as far away as Spokane. As a result, we received an amazing response from the public – over 200 people wanted to have trail cameras installed on their property! It was very rewarding for us to see how engaged and enthusiastic the community was about wildlife and carnivores in particular.
As you can imagine, a research project as large as the Washington Urban-Wildland Carnivore Project requires a lot of equipment. With close to fifty cameras and all of the associated hardware that comes with them, not to mention tools and supplies for collecting scat samples, we have a lot of items to inventory and double-check before we roll everything out.
The Washington Urban-Wildland Carnivore Project is a collaboration between the University of Washington and Woodland Park Zoo. For more information on the project, please visit our website at www.zoo.org/conservation/urbanwildland or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.