Landmark Adventure Science
In early 2014, American Prairie Reserve (APR) embarked on a multi-year journey with Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC) through Landmark, an innovative new citizen science program. Outdoor enthusiasts have long been friends of APR and the Reserve’s rugged and remote landscape. Through Landmark, we are harnessing the power of this intrepid and naturally curious group to help us achieve wildlife, human history and land management goals. The collaboration also brings together APR President and National Geographic Fellow Sean Gerrity and Gregg Treinish, Founder/Executive of ASC and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer.
Six-person survey crews traverse the Sun Prairie region of the Reserve in all four seasons collecting data using tablet technology. Volunteers are stationed on the Reserve for one to three months. The collected data, including GPS points and camera trap images, will establish trends over time and inform management decisions as the Reserve grows, with particular focus on wildlife-fence interactions, wildlife density estimates, prairie dog town mapping, bison calf counts, and big cat movements.