I don't know what was done to publicise this one, so my suggestions may be redundant. However, I suggest developing a list of all naturalists in the area who seem able to participate. Flyers should go to all nature centers, biology departments at college and graduate levels, local state and federal governmental agencies in the area concerned with biology, ecology, resource management, and related fields. If any private non- or for- profit organizations exist with interests in these fields, they should be included. If possible, these flyers should be addressed to a specific contact person at the facility, with a request that this person recruit others. A flyer should go out about six months before the date, so people can get it on their calendars. Another should go out about six weeks before, so they can finalize their plans. Other places to put this notice include any professional newsletters available, as well as employee newsletters of the organizations on your list. Web pages for these organizations are useful too, but hard copy still reaches the most people. I also suggest having a volunteer coordinator who is familiar with the site and with the processes of identification, but who has no other responsibilities than to work with the volunteers. That is an art in itself.
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