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NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT IN THE WEST

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

Farming Sagebrush

Farming Sagebrush

Aug 17, 2015

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.

Life Among the Turbines

Life Among the Turbines

Aug 17, 2015

Researcher explores how grassland birds respond to wind farms

On the eastern Wyoming plains, the wind whips hard across tough little bunch grasses

The Tiniest Engineer

The Tiniest Engineer

Aug 17, 2015

Ants shape the sagebrush ecosystem

“Can you show me some ant mounds on Google Earth?”

The Forgotten Grassland Bird

The Forgotten Grassland Bird

Aug 17, 2015

Hunting for a Sprague’s pipit in a changing landscape

Sagebrush scraped the doors of the beat up red truck as it bumped down the faint two-track.

Bird v. Bird

Bird v. Bird

Aug 10, 2015

The complicated relationship between sage grouse and their avian predators

Photo by Charlie Reinertsen.

Rancher Truman Julian says he has “a place in his heart” for greater sage grouse.

Sage grouse shape development patterns in Wyoming

Sage grouse shape development patterns in Wyoming

Aug 10, 2015

This fall, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide whether the greater sage grouse merits endangered species protection, and Wyoming is holding its breath.

Constructing Sage Grouse Habitat

Constructing Sage Grouse Habitat

Aug 10, 2015

Does mowing, burning, or spraying sagebrush actually help?

Kurt Smith plucks the fifth secondary feather from the five-week-old sage grouse’s wing

Sagebrush Treatments

Sagebrush Treatments

Aug 10, 2015

Dr. Jeffrey Beck and his colleagues and students have quantified canopy cover, measured native and invasive plants, counted insects including ants

A Tale of Two Migrations

A Tale of Two Migrations

Aug 3, 2015

The splash of one fish ripples through an ecosystem

In 2007, biologist Arthur Middleton was studying the Clark’s Fork elk herd

The Trout Effect

The Trout Effect

Aug 3, 2015

Cutthroat trout once linked aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in Yellowstone National Park. As their numbers decline, the link is weakening.

Grizzlies and Whitebarks

Grizzlies and Whitebarks

Aug 3, 2015

Where do bears turn when an important food source starts to vanish?

Golden and red-hued leaves and crisp evenings mark the coming of fall in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem