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Paddlers can help the state by noting wildlife they see

Canoeists and kayakers urged to note observations
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Posted at 5:25 PM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 17:27:58-04

INDIANAPOLIS — If you enjoy paddling down Indiana's waterways, you can also help the state manage wildlife for future generations.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking canoeists and kayakers to report their wildlife observations from June 1 to July 31. The DNR is hoping to collect more information about the wildlife that frequents Indiana’s waterways.

The Indiana Paddlecraft Wildlife Index compiles wildlife observations from people who use canoes, kayaks, or other non-motorized paddlecraft around the state. Volunteer paddlers can help by signing up to complete paddling trip postcards documenting the wildlife they observe while on the water.

The collected information will allow wildlife managers to estimate changes in key wildlife populations over time. With paddlers’ help, DNR may also gain insight into new locations where these species live.

Those interested can learn more or sign up to volunteer by visiting on.IN.gov/Paddlecraftindex [lnks.gd].