Citizen scientists partner with local wildlife officials for Moose Day

(Jackson, Wyo.) - The eighth annual Moose Day Jackson Hole survey will be conducted on Saturday, February 27 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in collaboration with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Volunteers from trained Nature Mapping Citizen Scientists, Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Bridger-Teton National Forest personnel will take part. Every year since 2009 on a Saturday morning in late February, Jackson Hole Nature Mappers partner with Wyoming Game and Fish to survey moose in Teton County. Teams of two or more are assigned to drive, ski or snowshoe a set territory and Nature Map moose gender, age, location and the time of spotting. [image: Inline image 1] *Resting moose photo taken by JHWF Board Member and professional photographer Henry Holdsworth of Wild by Nature Gallery. h/t Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation / Pitchengine Communities* Nature Mappers contribute important sightings in developed and rural areas not surveyed by professional game biologists who concentrate on public lands. Anyone who is not a certified Nature Mapper needs to go with someone who is. During last year’s survey, 97 individual moose were observed by 71 volunteers in 61 individual search areas. Moose observations by sex and age are available at, as are other relevant data. Nature Mapping Jackson Hole is a community of trained, citizen scientists who report what, when and where they observe wildlife. These collective observations create a long-term dataset of wildlife distribution throughout Jackson Hole. By observing and recording the wildlife we see on a daily basis, and making these observations available to others in the community, the organization hopes to inform land management decisions and wildlife biologists. Nature Mapping Jackson Hole is a project of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation, made possible by the support of the Meg and Bert Raynes Wildlife Fund. *Feature Photo: Moose photo from last year's Moose Day taken by Nature Mapper Gigi Halloran. h/t Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news #whatshappening