Volunteers needed for Arizona ferret project

Posted at 9:41 AM, Feb 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-27 11:41:16-05

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking volunteers to help document the population of endangered black-footed ferrets in Aubrey Valley near Seligman.

As part of the recovery effort, the department has scheduled two spring spotlighting projects, in March and April.

The spotlighting method involves using high-powered lights to locate and identify black-footed ferrets.

Their eye shine is reflected by the spotlight and helps surveyors with identifying and locating these elusive, nocturnal carnivores.

Volunteers must have the ability to stay attentive from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. while spotlighting for black-footed ferrets and learn how to use a Global Positioning System.

The department also conducts two spotlighting projects in the fall.

A total of 37 individual black-footed ferrets were captured in 2015. That's down slightly from 49 in 2014.