• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • Spruce Railroad Trail Closed from Lyre River Trailhead to Devil’s Punchbowl

    The trail will be closed for improvements from the Lyre River TH to approximately 0.25 miles east of Devil’s Punchbowl. Work is expected to be completed by the end of October. The remainder of the trail will be accessible from the Camp David Jr. Road TH. More »

  • Safety Advisory: Mountain Goats

    NPS has received reports of aggressive mountain goats near trails at Hurricane Ridge, Royal Basin, Seven Lakes Basin, Lake of the Angeles, & Grand Pass. Visitors are required to maintain a distance of at least 50 yards from all wildlife. More »

Olympic Marmot Monitoring

Updated for March: We are now recruiting for the 2014 season!

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, more than 90 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.

Volunteer for 2014
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. 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.

Information for Enrolled Volunteers
Visit this page for 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.

Did You Know?

DYK fisher release

Fishers (members of the weasel family, related to minks and otters) were reintroduced to Olympic National Park in 2008-10. They are native to the forests of Washington, including the Olympic Peninsula, but disappeared due to overtrapping in the late 1800s/early 1900s and habitat loss.