"In North America there is one large animal that belongs almost entirely to the realm of towering rock and unmelting snow. Pressing hard against the upper limit of life's possibilities, it exists higher and steeper throughout the year than any other big beast on the continent. It is possibly the best and most complete mountaineer that ever existed on any continent. Oreamnos americanus is its scientific name. Its common name is mountain goat." -Douglas H. Chadwick
2017 Idaho – Frank Church Wilderness Volunteer Project
On August 18-20, Goat Alliance volunteers will once again head into the backcountry of Idaho to survey a population of mountain goats that for our second-annual Frank Church Wilderness volunteer project. This a native habitat and population that is currently closed to all hunting. We need your help! Please help us spread the word of this backpack survey.
Our project will be based out of Yellow Pine, Idaho and take place in the Frank Church Wilderness to the east of the town. Working in conjunction with the Regional Wildlife Biologist from McCall, Nathan Borg, volunteers will focus their efforts on three different survey routes. These areas include The Pinnacles, Center Mountain, and Catherine Lake.
This is a backcountry project and volunteers should be prepared for just that. Quality backpacking and camping gear is a must. Good boots and optics are mandatory. We will spend the weekend searching for and documenting all mountain goats.
Volunteers are to rendezvous in Yellow Pine, Idaho on Friday, August 18th at 8am. We will meet at the Yellow Pine Campground south of town on Johnson Creek Road. Look for the Fish & Game trucks. We will have a project briefing and circulate maps and data sheets to all volunteers. We will arrange to have a drop box for survey folders to be returned to at the end of the weekend at the Fish & Game Cabin 5 miles south of Yellow Pine.
We need your help! If a backpacking survey in central Idaho interest you or someone you know, please contact project leader, Pete Muennich, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (406) 551-5104, expressing your interest and availability. We are excited for our conservation project in Idaho this year and hope to see you there.