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We regularly receive footprints from folks who have come across them in the course of a hike. We’d like to take that a step further by asking citizen scientists across the globe to send us images of footprints wherever they see them. Even a single footprint – if taken to our protocol – can provide a vital data point on our map that will allow us to be sure about the presence of a species.
There are an estimated 8 billion visits each year to protected areas around the globe. Imagine if even 1 percent of visitors took some footprint images, how much data that could provide on endangered species, and how much better informed the conservation community could be!
(Balmford, A., Green, J. M., Anderson, M., Beresford, J., Huang, C., Naidoo, R., … & Manica, A. (2015). Walk on the wild side: estimating the global magnitude of visits to protected areas. PLoS Biol, 13(2), e1002074)