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Denali National Park- Field Course: Denali's Small Mammals

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DENALI NATIONAL PARK - FIELD COURSE – DENALI’S SMALL MAMMALS will be offered by Alaska Geographic through the Murie Science and Learning Center. What takes up more space in Denali than grizzly bears, yet is less likely to be seen? What forms a foundation of the food chain and plays a vital role in Denali’s ecosystem? Denali’s resident small mammals! Join National Park Service wildlife biologist MELANIE FLAMME for an in-depth look into Denali’s 26-year study of voles, mice, shrews and other small mammals. We’ll look for signs of these elusive mammals and learn to identify the ones we are lucky enough to see. As citizen scientists, we’ll get hands-on experience with field research tools and collect data to add to the study. We’ll learn why these critters are so significant in Denali, including cutting-edge research on how small mammals influence their predators and what lessons we might learn about the effects of weather and climate in Denali. Course will stay at a field camp located 29 miles inside Denali National Park along the Teklanika River. The Field Camp includes rustic tent cabins and a common dining yurt. All meals, accommodations, transportation, and instruction are included in the $370 course fee ($333 for Alaska Geographic members). Professional development credit is available through UAA. For more information or to register, go to, email or call 907-683-6432.