Showcasing Conservation Projects

This is the stuff that our dogs smell! We're proud to brag that their highly-capable wet noses have assisted in a variety of incredible conservation projects over the years. They're always ready to smell new stuff (target odors), so if you're wondering, "Can the dogs locate_______ by scent?," give us a shout and let's talk about the remarkable power of our Canine Finders' noses.

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BUMBLE BEE NESTS

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Project Goals:

Locate bumble bee nests to assist researchers studying habitat preferences and colony behavior, and ideally locate the federally-endangered Rusty Patched bumble bee

Assigned Canine Finders:

Ernie, Betty White​, Bronty, Willow, Holly, and Jesse

Photos courtesy of Mike Nessman & Mary Mowbray

Image by Olivia Hutcherson

NEW ZEALAND MUDSNAIL

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Project Goals:

Determine the best use of dogs for early detection efforts of New Zealand mudsnail

Assigned Canine Finders:

Ernie, Betty White​, Alva & Harriet

Photo courtesy of Wisconsin DNR

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HELENIUM VIRGINICUM

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Project Goals:

Assist botanists and land managers to locate the population in the state of Indiana, where it is a state-threatened species

Assigned Canine Finder:

Willow

Photos courtesy of U.S. Forest Service, Steve Croy

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Image by Meredith Petrick

BIRD & BAT MORTALITY

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Project Goals:

Utilize Finder-Keeper teams to locate bird and bat carcasses at wind farms

Assigned Canine Finders:

Willow & Jesse

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WOOD TURTLE

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Project Goals:

Utilize Finder-Keeper teams to assist with turtle monitoring efforts

Assigned Canine Finder:

Ernie

Photos © Conservation Dogs Collective

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EASTERN BOX TURTLE

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Project Goals:

Located eastern box turtles to assist researchers with monitoring efforts

Assigned Canine Finder:

Willow

Photos © Bethany (Avilla) Richendollar

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GYPSY MOTH

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Project Goals:

Pilot study to determine efficacy of dogs detecting egg masses (they can!)

Assigned Canine Finder:

Ernie

Image by Kyle Hinkson

WILD PARSNIP ROSETTES

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Project Goals:

Locate rosettes in early spring to assist with early detection and eradication efforts

Assigned Canine Finder:

Ernie

Photo courtesy of Hannah Stonehouse Hudson

Image by Julia Spina

BLUE-SPOTTED SALAMANDERS

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Project Goals:

Utilize Finder-Keeper teams to assist with reintroduction of salamanders on the Mequon Nature Preserve property

Assigned Canine Finder:

Ernie

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