Searching for Scat with the Conservation Canines

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“Who here likes dogs?”

A roomful of hands shoot into the air.

“And who likes being outside?”

The hands frantically reach a little higher as a group of kindergartners, first- and second-graders squirm in their seats, enthusiastic to show their support for the type of work that the Conservation Canines does: walking outside, sniffing out and collecting scientific data in the form of animal scat, analyzing the data to learn the age, health, and diet of wildlife, and using the information to protect wildlife and wildlife habitat.

Pretty neat, right?

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Did you know that a dog’s nose has 150-200 million olfactory cells? That’s about 30-40 times more than a human nose. Dogs can locate scat under a couple feet of snow or catch the scent of whale scat on the surface of the ocean from miles away. And the Conservation Canines are trained to just that.

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