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Elk grazing project seeks volunteers on Sept. 14

September 4, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN – The public is invited to participate in a citizen science day on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Dome Mountain Wildlife Management Area near Daly Lake in Paradise Valley.

Participants will learn about and participate in an elk foraging project – part of a broad assortment of research by Montana Institute on Ecosystems. The day begins at 9 a.m., when participants will get an overview of the project and learn the data collection protocol. The project ends at 11 a.m.

All participants will receive snacks and a Rite in the Rain field journal. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the research site.

This opportunity is open to the first 30 people to register – call Jamie Cornish with MSU Extended University at 994-6005 or email No experience is necessary. Participants should wear long pants, work gloves and closed-toed shoes and bring a water bottle and sunscreen. If possible, bring a pair of scissors (such as sewing shears). Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent.

The project, which is run by Montana State University graduate student Erica Garroutte under faculty member Andrew Hansen, studies the impacts of climate change on the timing of grassland greenup and how that, in turns, affects elk foraging patterns.

The Institute on Ecosystems is a multi-institutional community dedicated to understanding complex ecosystems and the interconnectedness of people and nature. Its internship program supports students who explore the effects of climate change in sustaining healthy ecosystems and economic growth.

For more information, visit

Contact: Jamie Cornish, (406) 994-6005 or