Would you like to contribute or be part of the Denver Urban Coyote Project? Well now you can via several citizen science reporting initiatives. Below are several ways in which you can become part of the project today!
Find a coyote, tweet us at #DenverCoyotes
Social media is a powerful tool - not just for disseminating information about social, political, or sports news - but also in reporting wildlife! Use the hastag #DenverCoyotes whenever you see a coyote in your Colorado neighborhood. Note the cross streets and even take a photo if possible, then post! You can send a tweet directly to @cschell_canids or just tweet regardless. Either way, crowd-sourcing can go a long way in to helping us find out when and where coyotes are throughout the year.
Participate in iNaturalist!
We have developed a easy to use, yet sophisticated way of reporting coyote sightings in your area! The program iNaturalist is a web and app-based program that allows anyone to log wildlife throughout their cities, neighborhoods, and even in natural parks! We have developed our own page that pertains directly to the Denver Urban Coyote Project (called "Denver CoyoteWatch) which you can find here. You sightings are then plotted in real time and placed on a Google map that is openly accessible to all that become part of the project. These data then go directly to aiding in learning about when coyotes encounter humans, what those encounters look like, and how we can better foster co-existence because of it. We already have 20 sightings within 5 months, and we can increase that with your help!
Volunteer! - become part of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science's Citizen Science Task Force!
The Denver Urban Coyote Project and DMNS are developing ways to survey both live - and dead - coyotes. Dead animals provide valuable information in the form of tissue samples that can be analyzed for genetic and hormonal information. Consequently, if you're interested in becoming immersed in the science of preparing specimens that will later be used in the project, contact the scientists and researchers at the Denver Museum to gain valuable training and skills to help you learn to prepare museum collections. Your help in museum prep will go a long way toward painting a picture of coyote urban adaptation.