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Help Track Porcupines At Devils Tower This Month

(Devils Tower, Wyo.) On April 30th, Devils Tower National Monument will host a Porcupine BioBlitz at the park Visitor Center. Citizen scientists will use radio telemetry equipment alongside scientists from the University of Wyoming to track and locate some of the porcupines that make their home at Devils Tower. The hands-on activities and demonstrations will compile a "snapshot" of biodiversity information which will help protect porcupine habitats in all seasons. With increasing global threats, national park sites are becoming critical reserves of biodiversity. Helping track and record porcupine habitat will ensure the preservation of these living resources. The schedule for Saturday is as follows: *9:00 am - 9:45am* Program on porcupines – meet at the Devils Tower Visitor Center *9:45 am- 10:00 am* Q&A with Wyoming Natural Diversity Database scientists *10:00am -12:00 noon* Porcupine Hikes -- meet at Devils Tower Visitor Center. - *Porcupine Evidence:* Join a park ranger for a guided walk on the paved Tower Trail to discover tree scars, scat, tracks, and other evidence of porcupines. - *Porcupine Tracking:* Radio telemetry. Citizen scientists will accompany Wyoming Natural Diversity Database scientists and park biologists, and use radio telemetry equipment to track and locate porcupine. Porcupines could be in steep and difficult terrain, far from roads and trails. After lunch, the program starts again at 1:00 p.m., with the porcupine program at the Visitor Center, then Q&A (starting at 1:45 p.m.) and hikes (starting at 2 p.m.) Participants are encouraged to bring good hiking shoes, a backpack, and a container for drinking water. Photo h/t National Park Service // Pitchengine Communities #county17 #news