Olympic Marmot Monitoring

Thank you for your interest in the Olympic marmot monitoring program.

The 2015 field season is complete. There will not be a field season in 2016. We will be taking the year off to analyze data and evaluate how we can improve the program.
We plan to resume the program in 2017.

Citizen Science

In a program launched in 2010, teams of volunteers hike to locations within Olympic National Park to record up-to-date information about the declining number of Olympic marmots within the park.

This is timely information that is vital to our understanding of this endemic mammal and its future. Most of the sites would not be visited without the help of volunteers. Last year, over 80 volunteers recorded the status of marmot populations throughout the park.

We will conduct volunteer research again this summer to learn what is happening to the marmot populations from year to year. This program is supported by donations through Washington's National Park Fund.

Apply before May 2015 for this summer's monitoring and research program.

Volunteer for 2015
If you'd like to sign up for this year's program, click here to get started. Investigate what a marmot monitor does, and figure out if this is a task that is right for you. You can identify which area of the park you'd like to survey, download the application form here. A 10 minute video about the project and the training can be found by clicking here (warning –you will leave the site)

Information for Enrolled Volunteers
More answers to your many questions: What to know before you come, what to bring, how to get here, how to use your GPS device, training summary and more.

Research, Articles and Links
This page serves as a clearinghouse for all things Marmot. Peruse a
variety of scholarly articles on the Olympic marmot as well as external links to pages of interest and information on related species.

WNPF washington's national park fund

Washington's National Park Fund has provided generous financial support for the Olympic marmot monitoring program, as well as many other important projects within the park.

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