The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) needs volunteers now
through June to help with field searches for waterfowl nests in the Columbia Basin
region of central Washington.
The nest searches, which can last all day, are conducted Monday through
Saturday by University of Idaho graduate student John Guidice who is working with
WDFW waterfowl biologist Matt Monda.
Volunteers must be able to walk in moderate terrain for four to six hours.
Volunteers should be prepared with field clothing, sturdy walking shoes, insect
repellant for ticks and mosquitoes, sunscreen, drinking water and snacks.
Saturday volunteers can meet Giudice at 7 a.m. at the parking lot off the Dodson
Road access to the Desert Wildlife Area, west of Moses Lake in Grant County. (From
Interstate 90, take the Dodson Road exit south about 3.5 miles.)
Weekday volunteers should call WDFW's Ephrata regional office at (509)
754-4624 to leave their names, phone numbers and days available. Department staff
will call to schedule field searches.