Just in case any ill-informed individual goes along thinking us dogs are just dumb & not worth our salt, think again. Here’s an article from The Nature Conservancy, a well known & respected environmental protection organization, regarding the use of new technologies to understand (wild) animal migrations & better protect sensitive habitats. Us dogs are worth our weight in GOLD.
Conservation Canine
FOLLOW THE NOSE: Conservation Canines began two decades ago as a program of the University of Washington’s Center for Conservation Biology. Dogs from the program have been around the world, tracking species such as caterpillars, mice, bears and orcas. © Karine Aigner


New Mexico is the only place on Earth you’ll find the Jemez Mountains salamander. But good luck spotting one. They spend most of the year underground, emerging only during the summer rainy season. Even then they mostly stay hidden under logs and rocks.

“They’re darn hard to look for,” says Anne Bradley, TNC’s forest conservation program director in New Mexico. They’re not just elusive; they’re also endangered. The National Park Service and the Forest
Service are thinning trees to restore overgrown forests where the salamanders are found, but to do so responsibly, TNC scientists want to know where the at-risk amphibians are hiding.

From 2012 to 2014, Bradley recruited some four-legged helpers. A program at the University of Washington trains rescue dogs to sniff out wildlife and their scat. To track salamanders, the crew brought in two specially trained “Conservation Canines”: Frehley and Sampson.

Working as a human-canine team, the dogs and their handlers detected more salamanders than either would alone, Bradley says. Now she’s working with geneticists at the University of New Mexico to determine precisely what bits of salamander DNA the dogs are detecting—a step that Bradley expects will further validate the use of dogs for more salamander sniffing in summers to come.
FYI: Us dogs been using our noses to sniffestigate & learn about things. Now humans seem to have found beneficial uses for our contribution to civilized society. Maybe we could help sniffestigate out the Valley Longhorn Elderberry Beetle whose habitat, the Valley Longhorn Elderberry Beetle Bush has been protected for many years despite the fact no one’s seen that elusive beetle. Us dogs could find ’em.
Get a clue, people. Give us the respect we deserve & give us the Vote. 
palK9 OTJ 
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