Posted February 29, 2016 5:54 pm by Comments

By Justin Stakes

Arizona Ferret Spotlighting

Survey results shine light on recovery effort in Aubrey Valley

Volunteers Sought For Arizona Ferret Spotlighting Effort
Arizona Game and Fish Department
Arizona Game and Fish Department

Seligman, AZ -(AmmoLand.com)- The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking volunteers to assist with spotlighting efforts to help document the population of endangered black-footed ferrets in Aubrey Valley near Seligman.

As part of the recovery effort, the department has scheduled two spring spotlighting projects – March 24-26 and April 21-24. The spotlighting method involves using high-powered lights to locate and identify black-footed ferrets. Their eyeshine is reflected by the spotlight and helps surveyors with identifying and locating these elusive, nocturnal carnivores.

“Volunteers play a vital role,” said Jeff Pebworth, terrestrial wildlife program manager for the department’s regional office in Kingman. ”We don’t have the personnel to fully staff these events, and the program’s continued success depends on people remaining involved.”

Volunteers must have the ability to stay attentive from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. while spotlighting for black-footed ferrets and use, or learn how to use, a Global Positioning System (GPS). Volunteers can sign up by e-mailing [email protected] — with “spring spotlighting” in the subject line – by March 18 for next month’s …Read the Rest

Source:: AmmoLand

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