|On your Grand Canyon – Colorado River trip your guides are going to safely pilot you through the river’s rapids, and lead you on hikes to secret and amazing places. They are also going to teach you about this canyon’s unique geology, biology, and history. You will learn that this rugged looking place is both fragile and threatened.
Many of us are convinced that this grand canyon needs to be protected, and through the efforts of the organizations we belong to, people are actively engaged in conducting studies and gathering data to present to the agencies that make the decisions that determine the future.
If you are fortunate, during this trip you may meet some of the people who are conducting studies here in the Grand Canyon. They will be eager to tell you about their work. They could also use your help. Whether you meet them or not, we would like to offer you an opportunity to assist them with their research by collecting some data as you raft down the river. Don’t worry, we promise that it will be fun and that it will be easy!
We are currently assisting the three research projects listed below. Click on a project and you will download a pdf file that will introduce you to our researchers and provide you with some interesting background information about the animals they are studying. You will also find Log Sheets with photographs and instructions. Print the Log Sheets and take them with you on your river trip. At the end of your trip please mail, or email your completed logs to your researcher at address provided on each log. Feel free to copy information for other passengers, or to add additional notes.
Click here for Overview/Instructions for Wildlife Census Program
MAMMALS: Desert Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer, and Cougars
BIRDS: Eagles, Falcons, and Threatened – Endangered Species
SNAKES: Rattlers, Kingsnakes, and other HERPS
We hope that you will select one or more of these projects and record your observations. Remember, any observation that you report will provide useful information. Don’t worry if you forget to record a sighting, or even if you miss a day, every observation helps. We also hope that after your trip is over you will stay connected to the organizations you helped by supporting their continued efforts to preserve this canyon for generations to come.