Birch Creek by Devin Dahlgren

What is Citizen Science?

Citizen science is the practice of public participation and collaboration in research to increase knowledge. Through citizen science, people share and contribute to data monitoring and collection programs.

Copy of 2017 Succor Creek Geology Trip-R

Recreation Monitoring

We have a volunteer opportunity to help shape the future of recreation management in the Owyhee region. If you find yourself in the Owyhee region for a day trip, weekend trip, backpacking, etc., you can help shape the future recreation management needs. All you have to do is document how many vehicles, campers, OHV’s, and people using the land. 


This information, compiled over time, will show the management agencies when the traffic is highest on days of the week, months, and seasons. This data is lacking given limited resources.


So how this works: Download and print this form before you go out: Document

When you get back from your adventure enter your data at this link: Google Form

Fence Data Collection

Over the millions of acres of public land in the Owyhee, there are also thousands of miles for fences crossing the landscape. While we understand that there is a need for fences due to cattle production on the landscape, but also there are many large animals such as Deer, Elk, Antelope, and Bighorn that call this land home. We have realized that many of the fences we see are not very wildlife-friendly. They are 4 strands of barb wire with wire stays between the T posts. While no fence is the best option we understand that it is impossible on the land of multi-use, but there is a fence type that is a little more friendly than the 4 wire fence. A 3 wire fence without stays between the t-posts, proper spacing between all the wires, and with a smooth bottom wire. Antelope, bighorn, and young deer and elk like to go under fences is why a bottom smooth wire is needed. With 4 wire fences, deer that jump over fences have a higher chance of getting their legs caught between the wires and ultimately die when they tangle between the wire. 


Our goal is to just document where all the 4 wire fences are in the landscape and as state and federal agencies identify the wildlife migration corridors are the fences in these corridors can be changed to wildlife-friendly fences in the future.

So how do you help us collect this data?

  • Need a GPS or Phone App (Gaia GPS, ONx Hunt, Avanza Map) to get coordinates

  • Use this FORM while in the field

  • Enter Data from this form HERE

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Beaver Data

While you are on your adventures in the Owyhee and come across a beaver dam we would like to know. As you know, water in the desert is critical for life. As we all know this area of the country is prone to drought and wildfires well. Beavers can play a critical roll in easing the water issues during droughts by slowing and holding water making it last longer. It also creates late green strips that may help stop a wildfire, if it does not stop it, it allows a safe area for wildlife to find refuge

If you see a beaver dam we would like to know the location (GPS Coordinates) and an estimated Width and Height of the dam.

So how do you help us collect this data?

  • Need a GPS or Phone App (Gaia GPS, ONx Hunt, Avanza Map) to get coordinates

  • Use this FORM while in the field

  • Enter Data from this form HERE

WSA monitoring

This monitoring is a little different but still is useful information for us and the BLM and could find new projects for Friends of the Owyhee. In the Owyhee watershed in Oregon, and Nevada there are 27 Wilderness study areas. 


What to monitor in the Wilderness Study Area?

  • Intrusions: Off-road travel into the WSA on routes that are not on the map.

  • Observed Visitor Use: See anybody out there?

  • Sign Replacement: Do you see any WSA signs? 

  • Recent Vehicle Use: Does it look like the road has had recent vehicle uses?

  • % of WSA Observed and how it was observed.


What is a Wilderness Study Area or WSA? On the Bureau of Land Management lands, a WSA is a roadless area that has been inventoried (but not designated by Congress) and found to have wilderness characteristics. WSAs are not included in the National Wilderness Preservation System until the United States Congress passes wilderness legislation.


So how do I inventory the WSA?

  • Print out this FORM and fill it out on your adventure. 

  • With GPS or Phone App (Gaia GPS, ONx Hunt, Avanza Map)

    • Find the WSA you are inventorying by this Online Map

      • You can download a KML file from here and add to your GPS device

  • Scan or take a photo of the form ​​and upload it HERE

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