Windy Station Baiting - November 6, 2015 - 8:00 am - Crescent Ranger District
Trip to deploy bait at and service two camera stations in the Windy Lakes area for red fox and marten carnivore monitoring. Bring regular day gear plus a GPS. Expect 10 miles hiking with a couple thousand feet of elevation change, including off trail travel assessing station locations. Access is from the Windy-Oldenburg trailhead at the west end of Crescent Lake. Car or very short backpack camping and spending a couple hours at a third station the following morning is an option.
This is a science outing and is structured differently than typical hiking. Travel destinations are set by availability of wildlife habitat within the forest and there’s stopping to document carnivore sign. Friends of the Central Cascades Wilderness provides the bait and instruction on how to place it. Expect to carry in ten pounds of frozen bait in addition to your own gear. For several of the stations only a day pack plus bait will be needed.
After getting back to town you may need to export waypoints from your GPS, resize photos taken, and email them in for data logging. There is also some opportunity for tree climbing at the stations. If you have a climbing harness, helmet, and slings for tree self belay and want to use them bring them along.
No dogs is also a little more important than usual. Study species include wild canids, making domestic dogs problematic in regards to scent at stations and potential contamination of DNA samples.
Registrations so far:
- Kevin – 1 person/people attending
- Todd West – 1 person/people attending