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NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT IN THE WEST

Modernizing the Act

Modernizing the Act

Mar 5, 2018

As calls for ESA reform have conservationists on high alert, western governors offer a way forward

“Here’s the problem. The Endangered Species Act isn’t working today,”

Laser Focus on Sage Grouse

Laser Focus on Sage Grouse

Mar 5, 2018

Researchers deploy cutting-edge technology to understand sage grouse and their habitat

Alarms wake the researchers, students, and technicians living in “Chicken Camp” at 3:45 a.m. this chilly April morning.

Bighorns Back from the Brink

Bighorns Back from the Brink

Mar 5, 2018

Science and the recovery of an alpine specialist

It was shaping up to be a brutal winter.

Endlings

Endlings

Mar 5, 2018

When the last passenger pigeon dies in the Cincinnati Zoo,
it is autumn,
a hot September day,

Staying Vigilant

Staying Vigilant

Mar 5, 2018

Scientists are on the lookout for white-nose syndrome in Wyoming bats

Just miles from Devil’s Tower National Monument, the sun was dropping in the sky, and Ian Abernethy, lead vertebrate zoologist for the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database

Gone

Gone

Mar 5, 2018

A meditation on extinction

No more northern white rhinos live in the wild, and the three in captivity are too old to reproduce.

A Win-Win Situation

A Win-Win Situation

Mar 5, 2018

What’s good for sage grouse is good for landowners

I met Peter John Camino in the lobby of the Johnson County Public Library in Buffalo, Wyoming.

To the Bat Cave!

To the Bat Cave!

Mar 5, 2018

Conservationists turn to tourism to protect endangered bats

In the 1980s, more than 50,000 visitors toured Colossal Cave annually.

Lesson from a Tortoise

Lesson from a Tortoise

Mar 5, 2018

The Endangered Species Act works best when it’s never invoked

A first encounter with a gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) may not leave a lasting impression in one’s mind;

Case of the Missing Otters

Case of the Missing Otters

Mar 14, 2017

UW researchers search for answers in the Green River Basin

Brady Godwin was on the lookout for river otters.

Amphibious Citizen Scientists

Amphibious Citizen Scientists

Mar 14, 2017

Wildlife managers turn to volunteers for help collecting hard-to-get data

I swished my dipnet through water and vegetation at the edge of the beaver pond, creating swirls of mud that obscured the bottom.

Conservation Easements in Wyoming

Conservation Easements in Wyoming

Aug 30, 2016

Each land trust, landowner, and conservation easement is one-of-a-kind

From verdant, low-elevation spreads in Wyoming’s northeast corner to high, dry western basins, private lands across the state are diverse.

Realtor Conservationists

Realtor Conservationists

Aug 30, 2016

Anticipating residential development to protect habitat

Each spring, just outside the town of Pinedale, Wyoming, some 5,000 mule deer slip through a 400-meter-wide gap between a housing development and Fremont Lake.

Carnivores, Not Condos

Carnivores, Not Condos

Aug 23, 2016

Ranches provide key wildlife passages between two protected ecosystems

On his ranch in Montana’s Ruby Valley, Rick Sandru can load hay and enjoy views of the snowcapped Tobacco Root Mountains as geese honk overhead.

Home Away from Home

Home Away from Home

Aug 16, 2016

How does conservation happen when the landowner lives elsewhere?

In Texas, authorities are dealing with a rash of timber thieves sneaking onto far-flung parcels of absentee-owned lands

Terror in the Backcountry

Terror in the Backcountry

Jan 11, 2016

When wildlife comes face to face with winter sports enthusiasts

Imagine you’re out for a pleasant winter stroll and just about to bite into your turkey

The Feedgrounds Conundrum

The Feedgrounds Conundrum

Aug 24, 2015

Brucellosis spreads as Wyoming tries to protect livestock

As he does every single morning from November into April, Bondurant, Wyoming, rancher Kevin Campbell leads his two draft horses, Ed and Smoke, out of their pen and harnesses them to the hay wagon to feed elk.

A Brief History of Brucellosis

A Brief History of Brucellosis

Aug 24, 2015

~1887 – British physician David Bruce investigated a mysterious illness that killed four soldiers on the Mediterranean island of Malta

The Big Picture

The Big Picture

Aug 24, 2015

New research explores how critters fare in the oil and gas fields

Over the last 15 years, drilling has intensified in formerly remote wildlife habitats across the West.

Solutions: Sustaining Migrations

Solutions: Sustaining Migrations

Aug 24, 2015

The journey from discovery to conservation in the Red Desert to Hoback mule deer corridor

It was going to be a routine mule deer study. The Bureau of Land Management contracted Hall Sawyer