Eric Burnham

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Published on Jul 27, 2016

USFWS Depredation study

     This is a picture of the remains of a wolf-killed adult female elk.  We know if was an adult from the jawbone, which we found nearby, and we know it was a female from the skull which had no an...

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Published on Jul 27, 2016

Volunteering for the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program

     I volunteered as a field technician for the USFWS Mexican Wolf Recovery Program between 6/20/16 and 7/15/16.   I did this primarily as a way to collect scats from wild wolves, ...

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Published on Sep 11, 2015

Project update 1

I met with my friend, Kent Laudon, who is the field team coordinator for the USFWS Mexican gray wolf recovery program on Tuesday at his office in Alpine, AZ. Kent told me that his team could ...

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Published on Jun 17, 2015

Project is now fully funded

Dear Backers, Thanks to you, the project is now fully funded!! I plan to get started collecting scats in September, when the wolves and their pups have left their dens. I will concentrate m...

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Published on Jun 12, 2015

Funding goal change

Dear Supporters, I recently decided to lower the funding goal for the project from $6000 to $1500. This means that I will be donating my time to collect scats, and the budget will now cover fu...

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Published on May 03, 2015

Working as a wolf field technician in Wyoming

In the winter of 1999-2000, I worked as a field technician for the Wyoming Wolf Project in the area north of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Wyoming Wolf Project was part of the U.S. Fish & Wildlif...

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Published on Apr 29, 2015

How to sample a footprint, maybe

Some months ago, I devised a way to sample volatile organic compounds (VOCs; volatile chemicals) from a footprint. I coated magnetic beads with a type of polymer, or plastic, that adsorbs VOCs fro...

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Published on Apr 24, 2015

Threats to Mexican gray wolf recovery

The good news is that there are now more than 100 Mexican gray wolves in the wild. However, this does not mean that the program is out of jeopardy. Two of the most significant threats to the pro...

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Published on Apr 17, 2015

My experience as a wolf field technician with the Nez Perce tribe in Idaho

I worked one field season as a field technician with the Nez Perce tribe's wolf project based in McCall, Idaho. The tribe was under contract with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to manage wol...

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Hi Holly! Thanks for your donation! I'm sorry, I don't know of any analytical chemistry labs that are doing this kind of work. However, you could approach my boss, Gary Eiceman, and see if he's interested. Thanks again!!
Jun 16, 2015
Can we predict individual identity, age, and gender of Mexican gray wolves from their scent?
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Scent tracking dogs can still find a scent trail, even when a human walks through a crowd. That is, they don't get confused by cross contamination. At this point, I simply don't know whether it will work, or if it does work, how well it will work, but it's worth a try, I think.
Apr 30, 2015
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Thanks Richard! I've been putting lots of work into Twitter and contacting journalists lately; hopefully, I'm on the right track.
Apr 18, 2015
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Thanks again Susan! Your support is very encouraging!
Apr 17, 2015
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Thanks Richard for the donation!! I love dogs; I've been a rough collie owner most of my adult life! It's always great to connect with someone who appreciates the role of wolves in ecosystem health, too!
Apr 08, 2015
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Hi Cindy! Thank you for the donation; I very much appreciate it!! It was fun being a tour guide. It really caused me to think about all issues surrounding gray wolf recovery, behavior, and ecology.
Apr 08, 2015
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Thanks Don!! Thanks for your donation too, it's very much appreciated!
Mar 27, 2015
Can we predict individual identity, age, and gender of Mexican gray wolves from their scent?
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That's OK; 3/20 works for me too.
Mar 13, 2015
Can we predict individual identity, age, and gender of Mexican gray wolves from their scent?
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Thanks Jason!
Mar 12, 2015
Can we predict individual identity, age, and gender of Mexican gray wolves from their scent?
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Thanks for your comment Andrew! I'm very interested in how it turns out too, of course. Right now, my concern is to get a sample size that is large enough to result in robust statistical conclusions.
Mar 12, 2015
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Thanks again Sara!! You've gotten me a step closer to finding out!
Mar 03, 2015
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Thank you Susan!! Very encouraging!
Feb 17, 2015
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