Snohomish County featured Edmonds Community College's Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School in a Wildlife Monitoring Project Update in its March 2012 staff newsletter.
LEAF students have been been monitoring the wildlife passage culvert installed by Snohomish County Public Works as part of the Granite Falls Alternate Route project (now Quarry Road).
According to the county, with a year of data collected, no road kill or vehicle/wildlife collisions have been reported to date and a variety of wildlife (deer, coyote, raccoon, rabbits, dogs and cats) have been using the culvert — which makes the road safer for both vehicles and wildlife.
"The avoidance of accidents is a great accomplishment because more than 2,000 vehicles a day travel the road," the article said.
LEAF students are also monitoring wildlife at other county projects.
The LEAF School was also featured in the Kettle Falls School District newsletter. Students assist students at Kettle Falls with wildlife tracking and related assignment and help Kettle Falls High School students set up wolverine snare hair stations and monitor trail cameras on the Boulder Highway Pass.
The information gathered is used by Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service to monitor the presence of wolverines on the Kettle Crest.
LEAF School students have worked with Kettle Falls students for the past three years.
LEAF is a series of Human Ecology anthropology classes with a strong service-learning component. Register now for spring quarter classes. Classes start April 2.
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