WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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March 07, 1997
Contact: Madonna Luers, 509-456-4073

Pygmy rabbit, amphibian survey volunteers needed now

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) needs volunteers now for surveys of endangered pygmy rabbit burrows and amphibians in central Washington.

The rabbit burrow surveys, which involve walking three to five miles a day, will be conducted between March 22 and April 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting from Ephrata. Volunteers should be prepared to walk in a variety of possible weather conditions. They are advised to bring long sleeved shirts, long pants, sturdy walking shoes or boots, hats, appropriate layers for cold to hot weather, sunscreen, tick repellent, sack lunch, drinking water, and a daypack.

All rabbit survey volunteers must attend a one-and-a-half-hour training session prior to surveying, unless they attended training for last fall's surveys. Training at WDFW's Ephrata regional office (1550 Alder St., N.W.) is scheduled for:

  • Saturday, March 22, 7 - 8:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 25, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 29, 7 - 8:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, April 1, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 3, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
The amphibian survey will be conducted evenings (3 - 10 p.m.) between March 17 and April 11. Volunteers must be able to pack at least 15 pounds in a backpack and must be able to hear within normal limits. They are advised to have warm clothes that repel water, waders, tick repellent, sack dinner, and drinking water. No training is required and volunteers will convene at WDFW's Ephrata office and transport to survey sites.

Persons interested in either survey should contact the Ephrata WDFW office (509-754-4624) for more information or to volunteer.