Flexible opportunities to fit your schedule

POSTED 7/8/14

Harriman State Park would like to have a Host/Hostess available at the Jones House on Saturday and Sunday from 11-4 each weekend. Earlier this year, nine members of our IMN chapter expressed an interest in helping with this volunteer opportunity.

If you are interested in volunteering for one or more dates, please let John Sullivan know immediately. His goal is to have a volunteer available to visit with the many visitors who frequent Harriman. Your responsibility would be to make visitors welcome.

John Sullivan's contact information is john.sullivan@idpr.idaho.gov and his phone at Harriman is 208-558-7368.

Your time and expertise are always valued and appreciated.
POSTED 7/8/14

Harriman State Park would like to begin a Walk and Talk Program beginning as soon as possible. Earlier this year, six members of our IMN chapter expressed an interest in assisting with this program .All of you are needed to make it possible to have a Walk and Talk program available at Harriman from now through September. If you would like to participate in leading a Walk, please let John Sullivan
​, , Harriman Park Manager,​
know as soon as possible.

The topic is of your choosing, but it must pertain to Harriman. For example, a topic might be Wildflowers at Harriman. The Walk and Talk would take place on a weekend, either a Saturday or Sunday, and would last about 1 1/2 hours. The time of day and details of the talk would be determined between you and John Sullivan.

Please let John Sullivan know as soon as possible if you will participate in this volunteer opportunity. His email is john.sullivan@idpr.idaho.gov and his phone at Harriman is 208-558-7368.

Thank you for considering this volunteer opportunity at Harriman State Park. Your time and expertise are always valued and appreciated.
​ If you have questions please contact Therese Lloyd. Her contact info was provided in an email to the chapter regarding this volunteer opportunity.

POSTED 6/30/2014 - Vegetation Surveys at Camas NWR

Pam Johnson, Wildlife Biologist for Camas NWR, is looking for volunteers the week of July 6 to help survey vegetation monitoring plots at Camas. The surveys would either be Monday (July 7), Tuesday (July 8), and/or Thursday (July 10). The planned surveys could take two days to complete. If you are interested, please contact Pam Johnson and let her know which days you would be available.

Contact: Pam Johnson
Email: pam_r_johnson@fws.gov, or
Phone: 208-662-5423
Cell: 208-241-5406

POSTED 6/28/2014 - Harriman State Park Volunteer Interpreters Needed

Lynnette Hansen, Park Interpreter at Harriman State Park, says the park is seeking IMN volunteers as guides and/or hosts. More details are provided in the two attachments. Please contact Lynnette for more info.

Lynnette wrote:
Harriman State Park has two volunteer opportunities for IMNs this summer. The park is looking for volunteer interpreters to develop and present interpretive programs on weekends and holidays throughout the summer for various ages on a variety of natural and cultural resource subjects.

The park also needs volunteers to host historic buildings on the Railroad Ranch (Jones House, Dining Cottage, and Harriman Cottage) weekends and holidays 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. throughout the summer. Hosts will be responsible for opening and hosting a historic building to be toured by the public Hosts will provide visitors with information and answer questions about the building as well as some light cleaning.

The park would like volunteers to start programs and hosting buildings 4th of July weekend. If you have any questions or would like to sign up for a program or building contact:

Lynnette Hansen, Park Interpreter
Harriman State Park of Idaho

POSTED 6/26/14 - Bat Conservation-related Caving at Craters

Tony wrote:

During a recent meeting about the bat program I spoke with Todd Stefanic, a biologist at Craters of the Moon and asked him if there were any projects we could help him with. Below is his response.

Please contact me if you are interested in participating in any of these.



"Caving type opportunities at Craters of the Moon:

1. ground -truthing 7 remaining "hits" the airplane got from the thermal imaging camera.

2. helping find, and inventory ~100 caves which were discovered during the Search last year. We have a intern coming who's main job will be to do this but our safety protocols require 2 people for caving activities, or depending on volunteers we could have 2 groups out at a time. We would gather data on cave length, height, temp, humidity, etc. produce at least a crude map, and assess for bat habitat potential.

3. I also have about 5 caves in my database which need to be re-located. (Their GIS files have become corrupted or there never was one)."

POSTED 5/6/14

WHAT: Woodpecker Surveys - "Rugged IMN Volunteers" specifically requested
WHEN: Flexible, but especially last 2+ weeks of May
WHERE: Caribou-Targhee NF Northern Districts (from Palisades northward)
CONTACT: Jay Carlisle, jaycarlisle@boisestate.edu

Intermountain Bird Observatory is working with the Caribou-Targhee National Forest to survey for all woodpeckers across the northern districts. We have 2 full-time technicians and a (part-time) crew leader who've been at it for 2+ weeks. We're making pretty good progress considering the weather and snow/access issues but we could do better with some additional help - especially during the last 2+ weeks of May. I've already reached out to BYU-Idaho and am waiting to hear back from a few potential student volunteers but, especially after the success we enjoyed with the Master Naturalists on the ibis study, I figured it was worth touching base.

A few details about the woodpecker surveys - they are all over the Caribou-Targhee National Forest from Palisades Reservoir to the N, including the mountains W of Dubois, and up to the Montana & WY borders. They are distributed on the landscape regardless of roads so some are very close and others farther from roads - some are downright rugged and my 2 main field technicians have been up for it but the truth is that it might kick some folks' butts :-). Literally, some have involved 5+ mile, not flat, 1-way hikes into sites. A given survey day generally involves camping at/near the site the night before and then doing an early AM survey (combination of passive listening with playback for 8 different woodpecker species) the next day.

If either of you know of any volunteers that are in shape and might be up for an adventure, please let me know - thanks for your consideration and have a great spring!

Jay Carlisle
Research Director, Intermountain Bird Observatory
Research Assistant Faculty, Department of Biological Sciences, Boise State University
Coordinator, Idaho Bird Conservation Partnership, IBCP on Facebook


POSTED 5/6/14:

WHAT: Help connect people with nature (see below)
WHERE: Eastern Idaho Visitor Information Center, 425 N. Capital Ave.
WHEN: Hours are flexible
CONTACT: IMN Chris Deets
Christopher Deets
Visitor Information Assistant
Bureau of Land Management Representative
Eastern Idaho Visitor Information Center
425 N. Capital Ave.
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Tel. 208-523-1012
More Info:

Along with the Ch. of Commerce, the U.S. Forest Service & the Bureau of Land Management have a presence at the IF Visitor's Ctr.
The IF Visitor's center provides information to tourists about the surrounding sites to visit, places to hike, see birds, fish, & places to eat & stay.

The Ctr informs people of camping sites, sells National Park passes, parking permits for fishing locations, Topo maps, Forest Service maps, & BLM surface mgmt maps. The ctr tries to educate locals & tourists about the importance of & proper use of the nearby natural areas.


Fish and Game just received funding to conduct an amphibian survey for the Upper Snake region. Rob Cavallaro is heading this up, has two technicians who will be working on it, but also wondered if any Master Naturalists would be interested in getting trained to do this so that the number of sites could be increased. Because this funding just came in, and it needs to start in May, he is on a tight schedule. There is a protocol already established for the survey and it requires some training; he is looking at early next week for a training session. He will also provide a second training later for those who can't make it to the first one. He is working with Pam Johnson at Camas to tie those surveys in with his so if you were planning to do the surveys at Camas this would couple nicely. Though not decided for sure, the areas would likely include Mud Lake and surrounds, the Nature Conservancy's Flat Ranch area, Deer Parks and Cartier Slough, some others. The protocol requires two people on the survey team.

If you are interested please let me know and I'll send you a copy of a report that includes results from nearby regions and the protocol. Rob is still working on scheduling the training so I can't tell you when that will be (Monday looks likely).

POSTED 4/14:

From IMN Brenda Pace, here's an opportunity to help advance the urgent science of bat conservation, using a bat detector to collect accoustic data during mobile surveys. Please respond to Brenda at dbpace@q.com

Brenda wrote:

Greetings everybody! As many of you know, bat populations are facing a
variety of mortal threats in our modern world. Idaho Master Naturalists are
being offered an opportunity to assist in a multi-agency (ID Fish and Game,
Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, National Park Service, US Fish
and Wildlife Service, Gonzales-Stoller Surveillance, and other partners)
pilot program to gather baseline data on resident and migratory bat
populations in Idaho.

Over the next year, we will be able to assist the wildlife biologists in
collecting acoustic data during mobile (vehicle) surveys along a variety of
established roadways throughout eastern Idaho. Approximately 30 survey
routes, each approximately 25-30 miles in length, have been identified and
the basic survey protocol will involve driving along each route at a
constant speed of 15-20 mph, starting just after sunset, using a bat
detector temporarily mounted on your vehicle to measure bat activity along
the route. Surveys will be conducted once a month during a designated 7-day
period with 3 preferred target nights.

Planning efforts are actively underway for the surveys and also for an
introductory training session (mid-May) and additional details will be provided for
interested folks very soon. At this time, we would like to get a general
idea of the level of interest in this kind of volunteer activity. Please
respond to Brenda Pace (dbpace@q.com) if you are interested in participating
in the training and the mobile (vehicle) surveys and if you are willing to use your own
vehicle for the surveys. Volunteer hours will count toward your yearly
requirements for Master Naturalist re-certification, but at this time the
project does not have funding for mileage reimbursement.

This will be a great opportunity to learn more about these amazing creatures
and actively participate in their conservation! Please join us!

POSTED 4/18/14:

Master Naturalists,

I recently had a conversation with Tammy Fletcher, a Forest Wildlife biologist for the Caribou-Targhee NF, regarding their need for help in monitoring historic Goshawk nesting sites. I'm looking for volunteers for this project and for someone who would be willing to take the lead in coordinating our efforts. This looks like it could be a lot of fun for anyone who enjoys hiking and hide-and-seek.
Further information below.

Please let me know if you'd be interested.



How many times during the year does each nest need to be monitored ? Two to three times a season depending on results of first visit.
When would monitoring start and end (calendar day)? 1st survey period is March 15 – May 31st. Second visit isJune 1 – July 30 (This visit is only necessary if no goshawks were detected during the 1st survey period) and third visit is Aug 1 – Sept. 10th.
Does time of day for monitoring matter? Yes. During the first survey period, the closer to dawn the better. It doesn’t matter on the next one to two visits although you do want to allow enough time to search for alternate nests.
Is there a required time at the site? 1st visit is a silent survey and a person must listen for two hours. Next one to two visits could last all day depending on whether the nest is found or the birds are located. These surveys periods also entail the use a broadcast caller (which we will provide) to try to get vocal responses from the goshawks for easier detection.
Do you have established observation locations (from where the nest is viewed)? Yes, we have historical nest locations with alternative nest locations and that is where we are surveying. I have maps for all of them and all alternate nest locations found in the past.
Are any of the sites on private land (where we would need to notify the landowner before entering)? Nope. They are all on FS lands.

We do have a few people who can't hike very far, so if you have sites that are easy to access it would help to know that. Unfortunately, these surveys are all pretty difficult to conduct since goshawks prefer 30-40% slopes and they are notorious for moving their nest sites. There is no guarantee that the survey would only take them to one location. If the birds aren’t found with the broadcast call, a person must then start working outward from the nest up to 800 meters.

Assuming we get volunteers we have conducted these kinds of projects two ways:

We identify a leader for the project, you give them the nest site locations that you want monitored and the protocol and they coordinate who does what; they then report back to you. I like this idea the best. We would probably do a quick training for everyone one evening though.
We can give you a list of people who are interested and they can work with you directly.

Thanks for thinking of us, I'm sure we will have people eager to help. Thank you a ton for your willingness to help and see if anyone is interested.

POSTED 4/17/14
Build a Bat Condo!

Paul Faulkner our Habitat Manager at Deer Parks is looking for an individual or group that have some background or interest in woodworking and construction projects. He would like to have a Bat Condo built out at the Deer Parks WMA near Menan. This bat condo is pretty intense as far as construction projects go and looks as if it would take some time to complete. If anyone is interested in taking on this project please let me know so we can discuss it further. Paul has all the tools and will buy all the materials. Follow the web link below to see an example. Thanks!


James Brower
Regional Volunteer Coordinator
Idaho Fish and Game
Work: 208-525-7290
Fax: 208-523-7604
Cell: 208-360-2854

POSTED 4/8/14
Agency: Idaho Fish and Game

Name of Volunteer Opportunity: Sage Grouse Lek verifications (A lek is a mating display ground)

Date/Time Needed: Dates are super flexible as you can go any day of the week you wish Through April. Times are early! You need to be in view of the Lek ½ hour before sunrise and stay till 1½ hours after sunrise.

Time Commitment: Early mornings

Description: We are in need of as many individuals as we can get to help us verify use of historic leks for sage grouse. In a nutshell you would be driving out to a remote gps point early in the morning and looking to see if Sage Grouse are using the area. I will try and provide a vehicle when possibly but due to the massive search effort it is very helpful if you can use your own. Donating your mileage is helpful but some of these leks are a ways away so we can work out a reimbursement at .55 cents a mile if you wish. I am hoping to have a map created by tomorrow morning for those that need a visual of where these leks are located but all are West of Dubois. If you are interested we will let you pick as many lek locations as you are willing to visit. The Lek search procedure and survey form are attached so that you know what is expected of you. The protocol states that two visits to each site 10 days apart is optimal but even 1 visit is better than none. You can also go alone or in a group.

Physical demands: Good driving, listening, and visual skills in the weee hours of the morning

What to bring: Cold morning gear, Binoculars, GPS, and whatever keeps you going early in the morning. I will try to provide you with whatever you don’t have (GPS)

Note: If you are interested in helping finding out if these Sage Grouse Leks please let me know as soon as you can and come visit me to pick your locations. The birds are very active right now

Purpose of Work: Verifying active and inactive Sage Grouse Lek locations

To sign Up: Contact James Brower at any of the contacts below. (e-mail preferred)

James Brower

Regional Volunteer Coordinator

Idaho Fish and Game

Work: 208-525-7290

Fax: 208-523-7604

Cell: 208-360-2854

POSTED 3/26/14
Angela Kociolek, Citizen Science Coordinator for a Barn Owl Project in Southern Idaho recently posted the following on IBLE (Idaho Birders Linked Electronically):
Greetings, birders of Southern Idaho!
A joint project is underway to reduce barn owl vehicle collisions and we need help.
Southern Idaho has the highest documented barn owl road mortality in the world. Researchers from Boise State University and Montana State University are collaborating with Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and Idaho Department of Fish and Game to document the extent of owl mortality and assess the feasibility of mitigation.
We are seeking qualified citizen scientists experienced with bird/raptor identification and who have ability to record and report accurate information. If you drive in Southern Idaho, you might be able to help! Your involvement would be voluntary as there is no compensation.
Angela added that…
…they are interested in survey data from any ITD road (Interstate, US hwy or State hwy) through Barn Owl habitat within the study area. New volunteers are being sought for areas that are not already under surveillance (I-84/I-86 from Boise to Pocatello already has coverage). See attached map for details. For further info, contact Angela at angela.kociolek@coe.montana.edu
Tony Appelhans notes, ”People here in IF can actually participate in this project as it includes commonly driven local routes such as I-15 between Shelley and Pocatello, and HWY 26 from Blackfoot out to the site, based on the map.”
How you can help as a Citizen Scientist
If you regularly drive a route other than the I-84/I-86 route described above, you can help us expand our survey efforts. This is a purely volunteer position and requires the use of your own vehicle with no monetary compensation. The project runs from spring 2014 - spring 2015. We are seeking commitment to the following:
 Drive a route* in Southern Idaho at least 4 times between spring 2014 and spring 2015 (preferably a route you would drive anyway)
 Record the dates and times driving (even if you do not see any carcasses)
 Record the number and locations of all owl carcasses
 Report sightings on IDFG website AND by email (along with driving log) to angela.kociolek@coe.montana.edu promptly after each trip
 Agree to not stop on road or pick up carcasses
*Routes of interest
The project is currently focusing on roads under ITD jurisdiction (Districts 3, 4, and 5).
1. I-84 westbound from Boise or the southbound portion of I-84 after the confluence with I-86
2. US highways
3. State highways
To learn more and get involved
Please contact Angela for more detailed info on how to conduct surveys and report data: angela.kociolek@coe.montana.edu

POSTED 3/11/14
John Sullivan, the new Park Manager at Harriman, has many interesting upcoming projects for Harriman. This email will let you know some of the activities that are being considered. He hopes that the IMN chapters in Island Park and in Idaho Falls would be interested in assisting in the implementation of these new programs. In many cases, members of both chapters will be working together.

Listed here are brief descriptions of some of the projects. If you are interested, or want more information, please respond to Therese Lloyd at BTL@cableone.net. She is compiling the list of interested people and will give the list to John Sullivan.

Jones House
1. Staffing on the weekend (seasonal)....Volunteers are needed right now on Sundays in March.
2. Work on displays
3. Define needs and write grants

Walk and Talk
1. Pick a topic and interpret Harriman with visitors being involved and active (Many people and many topics are needed to make this successful.)

Assist with Special Events
1. Examples....Free Ski Day, Heritage Days, Feathers and Fins, etc.

Junior Ranger and "No Child Left Indoors" programs
1. These programs have guidelines and support information but are open to original lessons

Moonlight Activities
1. Snowshoe/ski events
2.Star parties

Native Garden
1. The Island Park Chapter has already established a native garden and could use assistance.

B.O.W....Becoming an Outdoors Woman
1. This is a national program to bring women out in nature and assist in learning outdoor skills.
Pick a topic and share your information/skill with others. There are guidelines and support information but topics are open to your expertise.

These activities are in the planning and organizational stages, so for the most part, your involvement would not begin immediately. However, it is important for planning purposes to know how many people would be interested in these volunteer activities. So please notify Therese Lloyd if you are interested.

SPRING 2014:
Eric Anderson has a neat interpretive sign request for a master naturalist or a group of master naturalists out at Sand Creek WMA near St. Anthony. His request is below and there are several pictures attached. People may want more specifics but I think the purpose of his request is that he doesn’t have specifics. He just wants updated and pertinent interpretive signs to be posted around the ponds and WMA. Eric would have to approve of course, but idea wise I think the sky is the limit. Anyone wish to donate their interpretive design skills?
James Brower
Regional Volunteer Coordinator
Idaho Fish and Game
Work: 208-525-7290
Fax: 208-523-7604
Cell: 208-360-2854

Hey I am thinking the IMN could help me with a project. I have about 20 or so information signs at the Sand Creek ponds. They are old, dilapidated and out dated. I would like to replace some and get rid of some. I am hopeful that someone would be willing to develop and design new signs to replace old ones. They can work directly with me on ideas and designs. Who do I need to contact about this or can you?

Attached are examples of what I have and what I would like.

Eric D. Anderson
Sand Creek Wildlife Biologist
C: 390-0615
W: 624-7065

Conant Boat Ramp Host - Summer 2013

Chris Deets, IMN '11, has alerted us to this summer volunteer opportunity with the BLM:

Chris wrote:

> The BLM is looking for a volunteer host at the Conant boat ramp from, well, ASAP to mid-September. The volunteer(s) will be reimbursed for approved expenses for up to $2,000 per summer. Volunteers must demonstrate excellent communication skills and should enjoy working with the public. Duties include visitor compliance, communicating rules and regulations, mowing, watering lawns, cleaning toilets, etc. A background check is required. The host would stay on site- a pad with hookups is provided, but the host would need to have their own RV. If anyone wants more information, they can contact Amy Forsgren at aforsgren@blm.gov or 524-7527. It would certainly be a way to get all your volunteer hours in! Thanks!
> Chris
> Christopher Deets
> Visitor Information Assistant
> Bureau of Land Management Representative
> Eastern Idaho Visitor Information Center
> 425 N. Capital Ave.
> Idaho Falls, ID 83402
> Tel. 208-523-1012

BLM Bird Survey:
The BLM - Upper Snake Field Office (USFO) is proposing to conduct an ongoing year-round bird survey on Public Lands beginning in May 2013. The purpose of these surveys is to gather data on habitat used by birds during different times of the year (i.e. migration, breeding, wintering) to provide information for future management decisions. The data gathered from these surveys is beneficial to the USFO in other ways as well and provides valuable information for things such as interpretive and educational materials for public use.


· Acquire baseline data on species composition and relative abundance.


· All surveys are walking surveys to be performed from designated trails and/or areas with the intent of determining all species in a given location.


· Lava Trails – 20 Mile Trail (8.9 miles)*

· Menan Butte Trail – and trails within the crater (4.0 miles)

· Menan Boat Ramp (46 acres)

· Cress Creek Trail & River Bottom Area (1.35 miles & 7.4 acres)

What to document:

· Record all birds by sight and/or sound – species name or 4-letter codes

· Fly-over – whether the bird was utilizing the habitat, or just flying over

· How bird was located – whether the bird was located by sight or by sound

· Breeding Behavior – any evidence of displaying, nesting, rearing young, etc.

· Comments – nest locations, behavior, unusual observations**, etc.

· Hot Spot Areas – on the map provided, identify any areas that have an abundance of birds


· Each site will be visited a minimum of one time per month as per the schedule to be determined once the number of volunteers has been identified

· All surveys will be conducted between sunrise and four hours after sunrise

* The 20 Mile Trail is located west of Idaho Falls off Highway 20. The trail itself is relatively long, and it is not expected for participants to survey the entire length of

the trail. This location is also closed seasonally due to snow accumulation, at which time we will no longer conduct surveys at this location until it is re-opened.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Teresa Meachum (trmncr@msn.com or 522-9917). Further details on data collection, survey protocol, and schedules will be provided to those involved in the surveys.
Thank Glenn DeVoe, IMN '09, for bringing this cool, nationally-coordinated, locally-accessible Volunteer Opportunity to our attention! It's a repeat opportunity for some Upper Snake Chapter IMNs...

The 7th year of the Nightjar Survey Network is kicking off soon with survey dates in April for southern portions of the United States and
later dates in May and June for other areas. This will be the first entire season with the new survey website www.nightjars.org. The new
website provides an opportunity for volunteers and the general public to work more interactively with nightjar survey data, adopt survey
routes online, enter data, view past survey years, and receive noteworthy Nightjar Survey news items.

The Nightjar Survey Network is a program designed to collect information on the population distribution and trends of nightjars,
such as whip-poor-wills, chuck-will’s-widows, common poorwills, and others. Data collected also provide clues to factors that influence
their abundance and help to plot a course fir their conservation (seehttp://www.nightjars.org/survey-news/nightjar-survey-network-investigate-the-influence-of-landscape-composition-on-nightjar-populations/).

Since 2007, 564 volunteers have surveyed 695 routes and have counted over 12,000 nightjars. We are always in need of additional volunteers
to survey routes. Nightjar survey routes are composed of 10 stops, spaced one mile apart, and can be completed in less than 2hrs.

If interested in helping out collecting data that can help conserve nightjar species, visit thewww.nightjars.org website, see a map of
available routes, log-in to adopt a route, and review and print survey instructions.

Michael Wilson
Center for Conservation Biology
College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University
Email: nightjars@nightjars.org

Update 04.04.13
Name of Volunteer Opportunity: Road Kill Clean Up
Agency: Idaho Fish and Game
DATE NEEDED: Soon but at a date of your choosing
Time Commitment: Up to you

Description: During the spring season our officers spend a great deal of time responding to road kill along the highways. While they do not begrudge this task we are looking for teams of people that would be willing to drive the highways in our region and pick up road kills a few times this spring. This effort will free up our officers to do more patrolling and boost enforcement efforts. We are hoping that volunteers will sign up in groups of two and take one of our trucks to patrol the highways for road kill. Most animals will be small but our main focus is deer. Anything bigger than a deer could be taken care of by department staff. After animals are collected we are asking you to dispose of them at local landfills and dumps.

What to Bring: Gloves and snacks depending on the time of day you are driving and also some clothes you can get a bit dirty.

Physical Demands: Some animals including deer can be heavy. Most will also be smelly and messy. I will provide shovels and orange vests.

Purpose of Work: Beutification of our public roadways and improving public safety.

Notes: Please contact me using the information provided below if you are able to help us out.

James Brower
Regional Volunteer Coordinator
Idaho Fish and Game
Work: 208-525-7290
Fax: 208-523-7604
Cell: 208-360-2854


Update 01.22.13
Name of Volunteer Opportunity: Elk Hazing
Agency: Idaho Fish and Game
DATES NEEDED: Immediately and until problem goes away (likely until early spring)

Time Commitment: Times will vary based upon traveling distance and volunteer availability.

Description : In many farming communities around our region we have elk that are behaving badly and breaking into farmers haystacks. Most of the problem areas are around Hamer and Moore. These problems can be quite taxing and expensive for the department. As such we are asking to gather a list of volunteers that would be willing to spend a night or two guarding these hay stacks and hazing elk away from them. Volunteers would use a variety of hazing techniques including firecrackers and noise makers. It is recommended that volunteers would go out in groups of two or so to keep each other awake and safe. The timing will vary upon circumstance but most often you would likely collect a Fish and Game truck from the Idaho falls office just before dark. After that you would drive to the hay stack and guard it for the night. There may possibly be several stacks on your patrol to help protect. The shift would then end at daybreak.

What to Bring: Please dress for the cold weather and bring whatever you need to make it through the long night.

Physical Demands: Requires mostly driving and the ability to stay awake. Also some short periods of yelling and chasing elk. Firing the fireworks and noise makers requires some previous gun handling experience.

Notes: This announcement is simply to get on a list to provide your services when we have need of them. Calls will often be made with short notice to see if you are available. Please sign up if you are interested as many time slots and days will be available

Sign up: to be put on the list please respond to me with your contact info at james.brower@idfg.idaho.gov

James Brower
Regional Volunteer Coordinator
Idaho Fish and Game
Work: 208-525-7290
Fax: 208-523-7604
Cell: 208-360-2854

Hello Master Naturalists,

I wanted to make you aware of an opportunity to participate in a new citizen science bird survey project that was initiated in Idaho last winter and is expanding this winter :) Specifically, the project is called the Winter Raptor Survey Project and it is an extension of survey work that we have been doing here in Oregon the last 8 winters. This project is sponsored by the East Cascades Audubon Society chapter located in Bend, Oregon. Attached is a copy of our project survey protocol (saved in two formats) that explains the details of the project. We would like to cover as much of Idaho as possible to get a handle on raptor numbers and distribution around the state. For those of you who live north of Idaho Falls and would like to become a part of this project this winter, please email me with your location and I will be happy to put together a route for you to survey :) We have been able to secure volunteers to cover all of the available routes around Idaho Falls so this request is for coverage west (Mud Lake area), north (all the way to Ashton), and east (as far as Driggs and Victor) of Rexburg.

The survey season just got underway December 1 and will extend through February 2013 so there is plenty of time to get on board with this project if that is your desire! As the protocol points out, we ask project volunteers to do a minimum of one survey per month during December, January, and February (these can be done at a time convenient for you), be comfortable with identifying the common species of raptors in your area, have at least a pair of binoculars to aid with viewing and identifying the birds (spotting scopes are a definite plus but not mandatory), and feel comfortable with driving in Idaho winter conditions. The more folks we can have participating, the more coverage we can have and the more bird data we can collect :) Please give this project your consideration, I will welcome any and all help that you would be willing to provide this winter! :) Please contact me directly and I will help you get started on what I know will be an enjoyable experience for you :) Thank you!

Jeff Fleischer
Project Coordinator
Winter Raptor Survey Project
East Cascades Audubon Society - Bend, OR
email: raptorrunner97321@yahoo.com

UPDATE 08.05.12
Name of Volunteer Opportunity: Mud Lake and Tex Creek User Surveys for IMN’s Only

Agency: Idaho Fish and Game
DATE NEEDED: Starting now and continuing for one year
Time Commitment: Approximately 5 hours of survey time plus travel to and from either Tex Creek or Mud Lake WMA
SEE "Mud Lake 2012-2013 User Survey Dates" file attachment at bottom.

Description: We are looking to train a group of Master Naturalists to conduct user surveys for us at both Tex Creek and Mud Lake WMA. Unlike the previous years surveys at Market Lake, these will be very mobile surveys covering a lot of ground while looking for WMA users. Due to the vast areas and roads these WMA’s cover, it will be necessary for all surveyors to be trained on where to go. As such we are looking to train a small group of Master Naturalist for each WMA route. It would also be helpful to have a group leader for each WMA that would be responsible for scheduling one of the group for each date. The group leader can be a member of the survey group or an individual interested in coordinating the effort without conducting surveys themselves. On days where there are no group members available we can supplement with department staff. We will also provide trucks from the Idaho Falls office so you don’t have to use a personal vehicle. This is a very good opportunity to see all kinds of wildlife and learn the ins and outs of some pretty cool places. Please sign up to be a group member if you wish to participate. This will not be available for those that do not participate in the training unless they are able to go out with a trained group member. The dates and approximate times are attached to this message with some notes below.

Note: Mud Lake shift key (approximate):
E= dawn-11:00am
M= 11:00-4:00pm
L= 4:00-Dusk

Contact: To be a group leader or trained group member please contact Roger Piscitella by August 7th @ (208) 523-3189 or (roger.piscitella@gmail.com) For questions about the survey itself please contact me at any of my numbers below.
UPDATE 7-30-12
"I (representing the Forest Service) am looking for a few good long-term volunteers to work at the Eastern Idaho Visitor Center in downtown Idaho Falls. We are losing our funding to have a paid staff there, so the only way we can keep it going is through volunteers. This is an indoor position, mostly providing tourists with information about the area, and possibly selling interpretive materials, maps, and firewood and Christmas tree permits. If you're interested, please give me a call at (208)542-5802."


Our favorite wildlife diversity biologist Rob Cavallaro is seeking some assistance from a tech savvy individual that would be willing to create a You Tube video for the wildlife diversity program using various footage he has obtained. As a department we have our own You Tube Channel and have been encouraged i.e. threatened to fill it. If any of you are familiar with creating and editing these videos please let me know. We are not sure how long this will take but that’s because we don’t know what’s involved. This You Tube channel would also be a good spot for some promotional videos about volunteering and hunter education although I have footage of neither. So what do you say, any tech savvy folks willing to help us not so technologically advanced folks?

James Brower
Regional Volunteer Coordinator
Idaho Fish and Game
Work: 208-525-7290
Fax: 208-523-7604
Cell: 208-360-2854

MAY 2012 UPDATE: Here's a flexible Volunteer Opportunity at the IDFG Idaho Falls Office

Name of Volunteer Opportunity: Data Entry
Agency: Idaho Fish and Game
Time Commitment: Approximately 40 hours depending on skill level
 Description: Entering new data into our computer database and merging data tables together. Data is information on Market Lake Historic water tables since around 1939 to present. Could be Interesting. Data entry would occur at the Idaho Falls Office.
Purpose of Work: Make data useable to establish trends.
Note: Timing is really flexible and not immediate. This could be long term if needed meaning you could spread it out over several weeks. Hour are flexible and you could come in to work on this project during any of our normal business hours. Some computer knowledge is necessary and experience with excel programs is also necessary.  This is not a complicated task but familiarity with the programs will make it much simpler and faster.
As always thanks for doing what you do!
James Brower
Regional Volunteer Coordinator
Idaho Fish and Game
Work: 208-525-7290
Fax: 208-523-7604
Cell: 208-360-2854
"Every summer me and my father went up into the hills to pick blackberries. We never found any though." (Jack Handy)


The Wildands Education Program, part of the Sawtooth National Forest out of Stanley ID. We offer 45 min "Leave No Trace" education courses for groups before they enter the Sawtooth Wilderness or the Boulder White-Clouds. We are always trying to reach more backpackers and after talking with Sara Focht (the master naturalist in the Boise area) she recommend that i communicate with both of your areas. We work with all groups but see mostly Boy Scouts before they go on 50 mile hikes (we also have some great recommendations for those).

We would greatly appreciate any backpackers, larger groups or Boy Scouts you can send our way

You can reach us at the Sawtooth Valley Work Center (208) 774-3576

Open Ended volunteer opportunity. For those of you interested in fish rearing and fish conservation the Ashton Hatchery has some flexible year round opportunities. They need help doing everything from fish inventory and moving, to raceways set-up, and tree trimming. Times and dates are fairly flexible. Give Paul Martin or Chris Jeszke a call at the Aston hatchery to see what you can lend them a hand with. The number is (208) 652-3579.They really are shorthanded so this is more than just a good excuse to get in some volunteer hours. Please contact them if you can assist. They also love to talk about fish if you have questions. Thanks !
James Brower
Work: 208-525-7290
If anyone enjoys yard work enough to help us clean up our appearance at the Idaho Falls Fish and Game office we could obviously use the help. Give Randy Poole a call at our front desk if you can assist our shabby exterior. 525-7290
James Brower Regional Volunteer Coordinator Idaho Fish and Game
Work: 208-525-7290

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Volunteer opportunities for 2011
Several of you have asked me to form a calendar of activities to better prepare you for the activities scheduled for this year. I have done my best to gather information about up and coming volunteer projects. This list is by no means all encompassing and I am sure that many projects will come available throughout the year. This list can be used in several different ways: 1.) you can e-mail it or hand it back to me having marked down activities you are interested in participating with. 2.) you can keep it as a reference for up and coming opportunities. Thank you all for what you do and for the projects you make possible. I promise to keep you informed about new projects as they arise. Thanks, James Brower (Regional Volunteer Coordinator for Fish and Game)
•Mule Deer Trapping- Wrastlin Mule deer. Involves long cold days with hard labor and intense action followed by long waiting periods. ___________________________________________________________________________
•Fish Spawning at Henry’s Lake- Squeezing eggs out of fish. A bit Smelly and cold, may require some heavy lifting. ___________________________________________________________________________
•Fish Spawning at Henry’s Lake-Squeezing eggs out of fish. A bit Smelly and cold, may require some heavy lifting.
•Egg Transport- Driving eggs from Henry’s lake to Mackey Hatchery.
•Bitter Brush Planting-Digging holes with gas powered augers and hand tools and planting starts.
•Planting- Digging holes with gas powered augers and hand tools and planting starts.
•Gill Netting- Reeling in and untangling fish from a gill net.
•Fawn/Calf Captures- Long unpredictable days of hiking in the back country tocapture ___________________________________________________________________________June
•Planting-Digging holes with gas powered augers and hand tools and planting starts.
•Fencing Projects- Hiking in the back country of Sand Creek WMA to raise a barbed wire fence.
•Weirs- Helping biologists do work ups on fish. Collecting and handling fish caught in traps.
-Fawn/Calf Captures- Long unpredictable days of hiking in the back country to capture Deer fawns and Elk calves. (Man they are CUTE!) ___________________________________________________________________________
•Weirs- Helping biologists do work ups on fish. Collecting and handling fish caught in traps. •Vegetation Monitoring- Finding and documenting plant types in a certain area.
•Bitterbrush Seed Collection- Swatting Bushes to collect seeds for future planting.
•Duck Banding- Handling Ducks caught in traps. Involves getting a little wet and muddy.
•Vegetation Monitoring- Finding and documenting plant types in a certain area.
•Duck Banding- Handling Ducks caught in traps. Involves getting a little wet and muddy.
•Berry Collection- Picking Service Berries for future plantings.
•Game Check Stations- Helping Fish and Game employees to collect information about harvested game. Also assisting with lymph node collection and measuring.
•Fencing Projects- Hiking in the back country of Sand Creek WMA to lower a barbed wire fence. •Fall Plantings- Digging holes with gas powered augers and hand tools and planting start
•Game Check Stations- Helping Fish and Game employees to collect information about harvested game. Also assisting with lymph node collection and measuring.
•Seed Collection- Swatting Bushes to collect seeds for future planting.
•Mule Deer Collaring-- Wrastlin Mule deer. Involves long cold days with hard labor and intense action followed by long waiting periods. ___________________________________________________________________________
Year Round
•Creel Surveys- Interviewing fisherman about their catch.
•Hunter Education- We are always looking for volunteers to teach hunter education. We will do most of the paperwork, we just need people to teach the kids.

I hope this helps. Contact me with any Questions.
James Brower
Regional Volunteer Coordinator
Idaho Fish and Game
Work: 208-525-7290
Fax: 208-523-7604
Cell: 208-360-2854



Have a truck or Station Wagon? Heading over to the recycling bins anyway? Here's an open-ended volunteer opportunity!

Where: IDFG headquarters

When: Once a month

Contact: James Brower or 525.7290

James writes:

If there is anyone out there in Volunteerland willing to help the Idaho
Falls Fish and Game office with a recycling project? We are currently
swimming in recycleables. There are bins for aluminum and plastic already
here in the office but not really any for paper. These bins fill up about
once a month and it would be great if someone was willing to take them
down to the recycling center for us. If you feel like you could help with
this eco-friendly project please let me know.

James Brower
Regional Volunteer Coordinator
Idaho Fish and Game