Citizen Science - Elk Grazing Study

Sat, Sep 14, 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Dome Mountain Wildlife Management Area near Daly Lake in Paradise Valley


LIVINGSTON -- The public is invited to participate in a citizen science day on Saturday, September 14 at the Dome Mountain Wildlife Management Area near Daly Lake in Paradise Valley.

Participants will learn about and participate in an elk foraging project that is part of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems suite of research. The day begins at 9 a.m. when participants will get an overview of the project and learn the data collection protocol. The project ends at 11 a.m.

All participants will receive snacks and a Rite in the Rain field journal. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the research site.

This opportunity is open to the first 30 people to register -- call Jamie Cornish with MSU Extended University at 994-6005 or email No experience is necessary. Participants should wear long pants, work gloves and closed-toed shoes and bring a water bottle and sunscreen. If possible, bring a pair of scissors (such as sewing shears). Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent.

The project, which is run by Montana State University graduate student Erica Garroutte under faculty member Andrew Hansen, studies the impacts of climate change on the timing of grassland greenup and how that, in turns, affects elk foraging patterns.

The Institute on Ecosystems is a multi-institutional community dedicated to understanding complex ecosystems and the interconnectedness of people and nature. Its internship program supports students who explore the effects of climate change in sustaining healthy ecosystems and economic growth. 

Contact: Jamie Cornish,, 994-6005


MSU IoE Office

Montana State University
605 Leon Johnson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717
(406) 994-2374
MSU Director: Bruce Maxwell

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The University of Montana
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Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-6058
UM Director: Maury Valett


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