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Get Involved in Gila Monster Research!Gila Monster Photo

 

Public involvement is a large component of many research programs. Input from non-scientists brings together widespread or infrequent data points and contributes importantly to studies in disciplines as diverse as meteorology, sociology, and ecology.

see HERPCOUNT.ORG

 

My lab is involved in a long-term research project on the Gila monsters in and around Saguaro National Park on the edges of Tucson. These charismatic (and venomous; be careful to keep your distance) animals are an iconic component of our Sonoran Desert. However, they are infrequently encountered. By calling upon the many thousands of Tucsonans and visitors that frequent Gila monster habitat each year, we can increase the number of sightings and amount of information collected.

Help us better understand these amazing lizards!  But, remember it is illegal to harass, touch, pick up, or otherwise compromise the health and well being of wild Gila monsters.

Have You Seen Me Flyer

 Please (if safely possible) record:

1. Photographs

2. Date and Time seen

3. Location seen (GPS coordinates if possible, otherwise find on available map at herpcount.org)

4. Estimated body length

5. Observed behaviors

6. Weather description

Upload sighting details and photos to: HERPCOUNT.ORG

 

For more information contact: GilaMonsterResearch@gmail.com or Kevin Bonine

Gila Monster Research Website can be found at tiny.cc/GilaMonster

 

Gila Monster Research Informational Flyer

 

Because the pattern on each Gila monster is unique, we can track individuals through time if we have photos! Help us study this long lived species and better understand where they go and what they do.

Gila Monster Repeat Photography, Don Swann, NPS

 

 

Many thanks for the support of Saguaro National Park, National Park Service, University of Arizona, Friends of Saguaro National Park, Desert Southwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, and our many contributors.

 

 


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National Phenology Network, Taking the Pulse of Our Planet

Christmas Bird Count, organized by the Audubon Society for more than a century!

Climate Change Observations, Crimmins' UA Research and Citizen Science

Plants Take a Hike as Climate Changes, Bertelesen & Crimmins