Conservation Detection Dog Fund – Invasive Species Pilot Program
Help the Trail Conference’s Invasives Strike Force launch a cutting edge pilot invasive species detection dog program. The dog will be trained to search for a specific set of invasive species that our seasonal Conservation Corps crew can then remove. Our dog handler is an experienced New Jersey Search and Rescue team member and our dog, Willow, has been raised and trained at University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School as a working dog. “Willow” is just under a year old black Labrador retriever.
A Challenge Grant has been issued to support the launch of our pilot program! The Trail Conference must raise $10,000 by Memorial Day to meet the terms of this challenge and receive $5,000 from the donor. Funds will be used not only for the purchase, training and care of Willow but for all related program needs to ensure a successful first year.
Specially trained detection dogs have successfully detected Emerald Ash Borer eggs in piles of woodchips, Zebra Mussels attached to the hulls of ships and even seeds underground, before they sprout. This cutting edge conservation project will be the first of its kind in the northeast. With your help, let’s bring Willow home! Give $250 or more and dedicate it to your favorite four legged friend!
View clips of Willow training!
The fund is restricted to Conservation Detection Dog Fund – Invasive Species Pilot Program.