CITIZENS AND SCIENTISTS WORKING TOGETHER TO CREATE A PICTURE OF THE MOOSE POPULATION IN LARAMIE WILDLIFE AREAS
Help Count Moose in Laramie Wildlife Areas
Bi-Annual Moose Day
A WYOMING BIODIVERSITY CITIZEN SCIENCE INITIATIVE PROJECT
Our Winter and Summer Moose Days are an opportunity for community members to participate in the management and conservation of area moose populations, while enjoying our national forests at the same time!
Winter and Summer Moose Day are two events that happen each year in the Laramie area. The idea is to allow anyone in the Laramie area to adopt a pre-designed route, attend a training, and survey their route on a particular day at the same time as all the other volunteers. By the end of that day, we should have a better idea of whether moose can be found in that location that year.
These data are sent to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and researchers at the University of Wyoming to help study and manage the moose herd. Data are also uploaded to WyoBio for public viewing.
The idea came from Nature Mapping Jackson Hole, which has been surveying for moose in this same way since 2009. In Jackson, moose congregate in town where winter habitat is ideal, which makes surveying for moose both relatively easy and very rewarding. In the Laramie area, moose are much more spread out, so it takes a large group of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to make this happen!
How it Works!
Adopting a route is simple. First review the routes coresponding to the season you are participating, Summer or Winter, and select two routes that are appropriate for you; a first and a second choice. Make sure you select routes that haven't been adopted already (adopted routes will be marked as such). Remember the area that each route is located in, and head to the registration form.
Routes are awarded as they are selected, on a first come, first served basis. You will receive an email verifying your registration and the route (either first or second choice) and your route will be marked as adopted. In the unlikely case that both of your routes were selected before your registration we will contact you directly to let you select a third option, or to see if you might be interested in combining parties.
Summer Moose Day
Summer Moose Day in the Laramie area is held annually, usually on the second or third Saturday in July. If seeing moose in the woods makes your day, and you love to hike or drive through the beautiful forests outside of Laramie, this event is for you.
Summer Moose Day allows anyone to adopt a route, hike that route on Moose Day, and record how many moose or signs of moose you see. We'll ask questions like the gender, age, etc. Not sure how to tell? No problem: we will offer a short training before Moose Day to help you feel comfortable identifying moose in the wild.
If you're curious about how many moose are in this area, be sure to mark your calendars for this day and stop by in the Spring or Summer to register for a route!
Winter Moose Day
The annual Winter Moose Day in Vedauwoo / Happy Jack and the Snowy Mountains is held each January! If you love to ski and snowshoe in the beautiful forests outside of Laramie, and love spotting moose or thier tracks in the snow, this event is for you.
Winter Moose Day allows anyone to adopt a route, ski or snowshoe that route on Moose Day, and record how many moose you see. We'll ask questions like the gender, age, etc. Not sure how to tell? No problem: we will offer a short training before Moose Day to help you feel comfortable identifying moose in the wild.
If you're curious about how many moose are in this area, be sure to mark your calendars for this day and stop by this Fall or Winter to register for a route.
How will the data be used?
The Summer Moose Day data will be given to Wyoming Game and Fish Department for their management and conservation of moose in the area. Moose populations, summer and winter range, and reproductive success, (how many calves are born and survive each year?) aren't well understood in this area of Wyoming. In addition, all sightings will be loaded into the Wyoming Biodiversity Citizen Science Initiative website (wyobio.org) and will be available for public viewing - you'll be able to see right away where your moose are! We will share these data openly with the community.
Moose Day data are given to Wyoming Game and Fish Department to aid in the management and conservation of moose in the area. Moose populations, summer and winter range, and reproductive success (how many calves are born and survive each year?), aren't well understood in this area of Wyoming .
By engaging the public in citizen science projects like the Bi-Annual Moose Day Program, the Biodiversity Institute hopes to collect vital data on moose in the Laramie wilderness region, while simultaneously teaching people about Moose ecology, their seasonal habitats, and their need for our help.
Please consider supporting this program, and other citizen science projects across the Rocky Mountain Region with a donation to the Biodiversity Institute!