The eighth annual Moose Day Jackson Hole survey will be conducted on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 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.
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. A training program about moose ecology and identification is also scheduled on February 24, 2016, but it is specifically for Moose Day, not a Nature Mapping certification.
Photo: Gigi Halloran