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By Dan Rudy 

Local scouts reprise role as citizen scientists


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Laura Helgeson, Kara Helgeson, Alaska Herpetological Society president Josh Ream, and Reyn Hutten search for amphibian specimens at Twin Lakes last weekend during this year's "Camp'Phibian" joint exercise. The citizen science project teamed up AHS, the Girl Scouts and United States Forest Service for a four-day site research project around the Stikine River water system.

Girl Scouts from Wrangell's Troop 4156 recently returned from a four-day field exercise upriver, observing amphibians for this year's "Camp'Phibian."

What has become an annual field trip is in its second year and partners the troop with researchers from the Alaska Herpetological Society (AHS) and United States Forest Service. It is part of a broader research project the society has developed called the Stikine Long-Term Amphibian Monitoring Program.

AHS president Josh Ream said the project stemmed from his graduate thesis at University of Alaska Fairbanks. After determining the state lacked...

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