We will be in the Gifford Pinchot NF for the entire weekend. The
objective is to obtain vocalization recordings. We will try to
provoke vocal responses to previously recorded sounds which we
will broadcast with a loudspeaker system. Various sounds will
be used including vocalizations recorded in different states.
We need volunteers to maintain listening/veiwing posts throughout
the coverage area. The coverage area is almost 20 square miles.
We may get a response to a braodcast that cannot be heard clearly
by those near the broadcast point, but may be audible to those
further away. It is also possible that we will not get
an audible response, but instead will provoke some movement closer
to the broadcast point.
We would like to get as many BFRO volunteers involved in this
trip as possible. Teams will consist of no more than 3 volunteers.
Groups of 3 people or less tend to present a more benign presence,
and consequently are more likely to experience activity in their
immediate vicinity. Teams will be seperated by upwards of one
mile from other teams.
Participants will need to bring their own CB Radio, or pair
up with someone who has a CB.
Anyone who wishes to bring horses along is encouraged to do
so. There are many square miles of terrain that are unaccessible
by motor vehicle. A mounted team in these areas would be a great
addition to the effort.
Participants may bring dogs, as long as they are well-trainied
All of the broadcasting operations will take place at night,
from approx. 9 PM until 3 AM or so, depending on activity. Teams
can decide whether they want to camp out at their designated observation
posts, or rejoin the group at a predesignated campsite. Teams
who remain at their remote locations are far more likely to experience
activity later in the night.
During the day, participants will be free to go on their own
day hikes, or participate in some group investigations, such as
looking for tracks in particular areas, etc.
The specifc location of the effort will not be released prior
to that weekend.
If you would like to participate, please contact the BFRO's Jeff
Lemely (Jeff_Lemley@BFRO.net) or Tom Powell (Tom_Powell@BFRO.net).
Note: DATE IS TENTATIVE, PENDING ACCESS TO THE OPERATION AREA
DUE TO RESIDUAL SNOWPACK