05 Sep '12, 1pm

Canine Conservationists on the Move

Canine Conservationists on the Move

The high energy levels of many dogs in animal shelters can be off-putting to some people seeking to adopt one as a family pet. When that happens, the dogs can end up as candidates for euthanasia. But wildlife conservationists have found a way to capitalize on that intensity, enlisting canines to track threatened species and thereby help protect ecosystems. Center for Conservation Biology The nose knows: Frehley, an adopted Border collie. Since mid-August, Frehley, an 8-year-old Border collie, and Sampson, a 7-year-old Labrador, have been combing the Jemez Mountains in northern New Mexico, sniffing for the scent of an endangered salamander. Scoping out fallen trees and the forest floor, the dogs are learning to identify the Jemez Mountains salamander by odor to help scientists estimate how many have survived stresses from a regional drought. Frehley and Sampson are members ...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/05/canine-conserva...

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