Nature Conservancy seeking volunteers for biological survey of Red Canyon Ranch

(Lander, Wyo.) – The Nature Conservancy is recruiting citizen scientists of all ages to participate in the first-ever Red Canyon Ranch Bioblitz. Community members, teachers and scientists will be at the ranch on June 21 and 22 to perform a biological survey.

The volunteers will be determining how many plants and animals live on the property, which is about 12 miles south of Lander. “The goal is to get a good baseline of what is out there to determine the best conservation strategies, ensuring healthy and productive land and water,” TNC states.

Among the hands-on projects are banding birds, trapping and counting small mammals, chasing butterflies and more. Volunteers are also invited to camp out. The event is a collaboration with Audubon Rockies and UW Biodiversity Institute.

Space is limited and registration is due by June 7. Register here. The complete schedule is also at the link.

Red Canyon Ranch Preserve is a working cattle ranch with iconic landscapes. This place is home to incredible array of plants and animals. As part of the Coordinated Resource Management program, the ranch includes approximately 60,000 acres in the foothills on the southern end of the Wind River Mountains. Land ownership is a combination of the Conservancy’s private land and leases with federal and state agencies.