wildlife

Kaibab National Forest 2017 Citizen Science Project

About

This projects asks you to document as many flora and fauna as possible during the 2017 calendar year. Visitors can snap photos of plants and animals as they enjoy the Forest, and upload those photos and their locations to iNaturalist, a free app that documents observations of living things all over the world. After it’s uploaded, a community of experts, including Forest Service staff, can help identify what was captured in the picture. The Forest Service will use this information for education materials and to help identify management issues, such as invasive plants.

 

Location

Kaibab National Forest

 

Partners

iNaturalist

 

Not Accepting Participants

This project is closed. To find similar Forest Service projects near you, visit the iNaturalist website. See what the volunteers found by visiting the Kaibab Citizen Science Project page.

 

Participant Age

All ages

 

Participant Tasks

  • Observe botany and wildlife
  • Photography or audio

Bats do not make it easy to study bats

For decades, bats have defied scientists’ best ideas for keeping track of individuals, which is crucial to wildlife research. Banding (either legs or forearms) can result in injury, and banded bats are seldom recaptured anyway. Tattoos take too long. Holes punched in their wings are only visible for 5 months. Electronic tags have to be close to a reading device to work.

US Forest Service mobilizes to save cavity birds

Small owls, such as western screech and northern saw whet owls, weigh between 3 and 7 ounces, or about the same weight as a small cell phone or a deck of cards.

They prefer dark, narrow spaces for nesting and roosting, which is why they are called cavity birds. Their habitat preferences make them prone to using man-made features, such as open pipes, that mimic their natural nesting and roosting cavities. But on some public lands, that natural act of finding habitat in ventilation pipes has led to their death.

Woodland salamanders prove to be the new canary in the forest

With the Year of the Salamander now in full swing, there’s no wonder why everyone seems to be talking about these little creatures… they are the new canary in the coal mine when it comes to understanding forest health.

 

Woodland salamanders, small, ground-dwelling or subterranean, and primarily nocturnal creatures, are a common species in North American forests; and researchers from the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station say they are reliable indicators of recovery in damaged forest ecosystems.