Our field crews work very hard, but they can’t be everywhere at once, and Vancouver Island is a BIG place.
It’s a fact that most marmot colonies discovered during the 1980s and 1990s were not found by biologists, but by loggers, hunters and hikers.
If you happen to be out and about on Vancouver Island and see a marmot, you can make a significant contribution to the project by taking careful notes of what you see and emailing or calling us as soon as possible at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-877-4MARMOT (1-877-462-7668)
Please make sure to leave:
- Your name and telephone number or email (This is really important so we can contact you)
- The date and time of day you saw the marmot
- Specific location (UTM or lat/long coordinates from your GPS, a marker on Google Earth image, or a dot on a photocopied 1:50 NTS map would be ideal)
- A description of the site (crossroads, habitat type, landmarks, compass directions etc.
- The number of marmots seen or heard
- Your observations – did the marmot have silver ear tags? Was there more than one marmot? What was it doing? Have you seen marmots before?
Download a copy of our bulletin here: Observer Poster 2012