Program Overview and Results of the 2013 Field Season
This was our 4th full year of the Olympic Marmot Monitoring Program, and the second year adding lands on Olympic National Forest. With the addition of USFS lands the program now encompasses the entire range of the species – pretty sobering.
In 2013 we had 87 volunteers in 31 groups participate in the program; a total of 3440 volunteer hours were donated. Volunteer training was held on four Wednesdays in the months of August and September. Following training, surveyors spent from 1-8 days in a variety of areas of the Park and Forest, ranging from the front-country on Hurricane Hill to deep in the park near LaCrosse Pass. Volunteer surveyors in all regions traversed high-elevation meadows and rock-fields looking for and documenting sign of marmots and marmot burrows.
The late season snowpack was about average; consequently access was not limited by snowfields in 2013. Volunteers surveyed for marmots in 275 survey units located in 57 habitat clusters. Surveyors were able to completely survey 254 units and partially survey 21 others (Figure 2).