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NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT IN THE WEST

Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note

Mar 5, 2018

Western Confluence has grappled with some controversial topics, but as the editorial crew planned this issue, a focus on endangered species felt especially fraught.

Path to Recovery

Path to Recovery

Mar 5, 2018

Map of the Endangered Species Act

By Emilene Ostlind and Gary Beauvais

Avoiding Extinction on a Warming Planet

Avoiding Extinction on a Warming Planet

Mar 5, 2018

Can the Endangered Species Act protect wildlife in a changing climate?

On a summer day in 2011, a group of US Geological Survey researchers hiked through the wildflowers high above Glacier National Park’s tree line

Coping, Not Overcoming

Coping, Not Overcoming

Mar 5, 2018

Scientist discovers pikas’ strategies for dealing with heat

By Alanna Elder

Just like the creature she studies, Embere Hall spends much of the winter beneath the snow. Her office is tucked in a network of hallways beneath the University of Wyoming’s older science buildings.

Lost Seas

Lost Seas

Mar 5, 2018

When the Soviets started draining their inland sea
to grow cotton in the desert,
a Kremlin engineer said it is obvious to everyone

Return of the Grizzly

Return of the Grizzly

Mar 5, 2018

No longer federally protected, is the great bear ready to strike out on its own?

In the early 20th century, tourists gathered around dump pits in Yellowstone National Park to watch grizzlies devour trash.

New Neighbors

New Neighbors

Mar 5, 2018

Wyoming ranchers are key to black-footed ferret recovery

Lenox Baker’s hands gripped the steering wheel, and the large silver ring on his finger glinted, revealing an outline of a black-footed ferret.

A Tale of Two Species

A Tale of Two Species

Mar 5, 2018

Plants and animals receive different protections under the Endangered Species Act

In 1998, the US Fish and Wildlife Service listed a small brown mouse with large hind feet and a 6-inch-long whip-like tail as threatened

Mapping Recovery

Mapping Recovery

Mar 5, 2018

Once missing from Yellowstone, reintroduced wolves make a comeback

On a crisp March morning in 1995, wolf biologist Doug Smith and colleagues from the National Park Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service made their way toward a makeshift pen in Yellowstone National Park’s northern range.

Collaborate or Litigate

Collaborate or Litigate

Mar 5, 2018

Local collaboration faces off against outsider litigation in the long, slow process to help a threatened species

From his Chevy Silverado, Phil Fine watched heavy rain fill up an irrigation ditch on his family farm in central Oregon.

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.

Time Warp

Time Warp

Mar 5, 2018

Wyoming plants of bygone eras

We have all seen movies where characters step back in time.

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.

Wyoming’s Only Endangered Plant

Wyoming’s Only Endangered Plant

Mar 5, 2018

A tale of re-discovery

In the 1850s, the geologist Ferdinand Hayden crossed the Nebraska Sandhills on an expedition to map uncharted territory and chronicle its natural resources.

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.