Volunteers Needed for Butterfly Project

The Natural Resource Institute and the Bureau of Land Management Taos Field Office seek volunteers to assist in field studies regarding one of New Mexico’s rarest butterflies: the “Anasazi” race of Yuma Skipper (Ochlodes yuma anasazi). Please read on to see if this project is for you . . .
WHAT? We need volunteers who perform one or more of the following tasks in an outdoor, field setting: 1. visually identify and safely net small, delicate Anasazi Skippers 2. transfer them to jars and place in an ice bath 3. uniquely mark each skipper with paint and a small paintbrush, then release it. 4. record data for each skipper marked 5. hike and make skipper observations in semi-rugged terrain under mid-August weather conditions 6. visually ID marked skippers using close-focus binoculars, record notes 7. help with evening food preparation and clean-up 8. NOTE: Volunteers who sign up will be expected to attend an onsite training on the first day they arrive.
WHEN? • Field days are August 11-22, 2017. We hope each volunteer can participate for 2 or more days.
WHERE? BLM’s Wild Rivers Recreation Area southwest of Cerro, NM, in Taos County. • Free camping is available at the group shelter at La Junta Cpgd., which has restrooms, water, tables.
AMENITIES? • Group evening meals will be provided. • Volunteers provide their own transportation to the field area and their own tent, sleeping bag, etc., also their own daily breakfast, lunch, water, etc. All equipment needed for the study will be provided to you. • Did I mention the Rio Grande Gorge? Scenic! Fun!
WHO? Can you help us? • If so, RSVP by June 15, 2017, to Steve Cary at sjcary@centurylink.net. • In your reply, please identify which tasks you can help with. • Please indicate the dates you may be available. • We look forward to your learning of your interest!

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