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Introduction to Tracking Large Cat Species in the Sky Island Region
April 8 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Feline habitat has become increasingly fragmented. To advocate for a better future where iconic wild cats thrive across unbroken habitat in Northern Mexico and Southern Arizona, Sky Island Alliance is launching the 1,000 Cats project, a community-driven network that will allow us to collect wild cat data and take meaningful actions to protect the habitats of jaguar, ocelot, mountain lion, and bobcat.
Are you interested in learning how to help us document where these four cat species are present in the Sky Island region? Join us on April 8 at 9:30 a.m. Arizona Time/PDT as we kick off the 1,000 Cats project with an online cat tracking workshop. Hosted by SIA Stewardship Specialist and life-long naturalist Bryon Lichtenhan, you’ll learn how to identify cat tracks and sign, how to differentiate cat tracks and scat from other species, and when and where you’re most likely to find cat tracks and other sign.
After this training, we’ll be looking for volunteers to go on self-guided hikes in Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico, document any visible signs of wild cats, and upload photos of tracks, scat, other sign and cats to iNaturalist, where we’ll be able to see this shared data and analyze the results as part of our project.
P.S. You can register for the workshop via Zoom or simply watch live on Facebook.