Recently, biologists including Bighorn Institute Associate Director Aimee Byard (pictured at right) began visiting local schoolrooms and interacting more frequently with the public in the hope of cultivating citizen scientists.
They stage periodic scoping sessions on the overlook behind Rancho Mirage City Hall, invite outdoorspeople to use the interactive iNaturalist app to log incidental sheep sightings, and conduct small group hikes for institute members, a status conferred with a $2 annual donation. In October or November, the institute hopes to enlist ground volunteers in the state’s regular helicopter census of sheep.
Visit www.bighorninstitute.org to find out when and where you can participate,
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