laser focus on sage grouse illustration

Laser Focus on Sage Grouse

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.

Line drawing of an extinct passenger pigeon


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

Wyoming Natural Diversity Database Zoologist Ian Abernethy examines the wing of a western long-eared bat (Myotis evotis) for signs of potential white-nose syndrome infection. Photo by Kathryn Walpole / WYNDD

Staying Vigilant

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

Illustration of people watching from railing while ghosts of animals rise into a night sky


A meditation on extinction

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

sage grouse

A Win-Win Situation

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.

A lesser long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris curasoae yerbabuenae) sips nectar from an agave blossom.

To the Bat Cave!

Conservationists turn to tourism to protect endangered bats

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

Tortoise on leaves

Lesson from a Tortoise

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;

Amphibious Citizen Scientists

Amphibious Citizen Scientists

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Pronghorn antelope. Drawing by Bethann Merkle. Reproduction requires permission of the artist.

The Big Picture

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.

Mule deer cross a lake outlet during their 150-mile-long fall migration from the Hoback Basin to the Red Desert. Photo by Joe Riis.

Solutions: Sustaining Migrations

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

Farming Sagebrush

Farming Sagebrush

Can fertilizer grow more deer on public lands?

Imagine the old green fertilizer spreader you haul out every spring to urge your tired lawn back to greenness, but much bigger and suspended from the bottom of a helicopter.