A nose for natives: Can dogs help locate rare plants?

We found this interesting story from The Nature Conservancy:

By Jen Newlin Bell

Rogue prefers his steak medium-well. But when it comes to sniffing out a rare plant, this dog performs work that’s very well done, indeed.

The 4-year-old Belgian sheepdog is part of a Nature Conservancy collaborative project to test the efficacy of using dogs to sniff out the threatened Kincaid’s lupine. The plant is host to the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly, found only in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Using detector dogs for such inventory work is new territory: No one’s tried it before.
Read more and watch Rogue work!