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Meg and Bert Raynes Wildife Fund

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Meg and Bert Raynes

Pondering the proposition that if people knew more about the lives and needs of the wildlife about them, they could---IF THEY WOULD be more generous toward and caring about their wild companions. Meg and Bert Raynes conclude they just might. It's the hope of all education. Meg and Bert have always shared what facts they learned by watching and reading (mostly birds to be sure) as they could. The Meg and Bert Raynes Wildlife Fund hopes to continue and expand that purpose, and that hope into the future.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Meg and Bert Raynes Wildlife Fund is to initiate, augment, or simply fund projects or activities to help maintain viable and sustainable wildlife populations into the future, especially in Wyoming and Jackson Hole, through support of research, education, habitat protection and habitat restoration.

Grant Request Forms: February 1, 2021 Deadline

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Meg and Bert Raynes

Meg grew up in a small town, knowing farm life and open spaces. I grew up in a highly urbanized setting, innocent of mother nature. A perfect match.

Meg introduced me to the outdoors. She learned to cope with urban living. From the first place we lived and worked, we could get to Adirondack State Park in upstate New York and we went camping with colleagues at work. It was the first time we were with people who would identify birds by their voices before they got out of their sleeping bags. Noted, but not further pursued. We became wet fly fishermen; Meg tied flies. We got a little piece of land on a large creek and built a fishing cabin. No power. Dug a well, dug a two holer.

Then came the osprey. I was oblivious to it, intent on deer watching. The osprey was indifferent to me, concentrating on a big fish below it, and simply did its thing. Great splash of water, reaching me in fact, bird struggling to rise with this big bass. A fish one envied (for its size, that is).

Curiosity finally aroused. To the Public Library, a conditioned response. Found a Roger Tory Peterson’s bird field guide. Found osprey. Then, great blue herons. And, a bittern. All big birds.

Then, asking about those birdsongs, those little birds folks exclaimed over, and—downhill from there. We became birdwatchers. Meg was far better at it, but not possessed. I got into it. Each to her own. A college professor had already made me into a preservationist, a conservationist. Meg and I have been called lots of names since those days, but having thought deeply about environmental issues and the future of humanity, call us environmentalists or tree-huggers as you will. We sure are.

We were active in environmental causes, particularly water pollution ones. Ultimately I worked in that cause. We performed boots-on-the-ground restoration of habitats until we no longer could, still adding our voices in similar causes. At that time, Meg and I began to consider what we might be able to do, if anything, past our time.

I can't say these discussions were organized, particularly early on. We have no children, one consideration. We have no large tract of land. The more we talked, the more the ideas of helping worthwhile small projects to help Jackson Hole wildlife. We had observed that often some useful restoration work or project initiation would be delayed or lost for the want of public knowledge or of a small financial assist. We looked for some way we could pass that down.

This was all just conversation between us until Meg died. Turning to our many wonderful friends for advice and counsel, the idea of establishing a sustainable fund to help or initiate projects concerned primarily with the wildlife of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Should have done that sooner. Things progressed, as they can when folks participate freely and intelligently, and so the Meg and Bert Raynes Wildlife Fund was created. I believe Meg would be pleased and satisfied.

That's all history. What matters now is what the Fund shall achieve.

Bert Raynes


Bert Raynes Video (Click if video doesn't play)

Bert Raynes Bibliography

Books

Birds of Sage and Scree (2010)
This book is an artistic collaboration between two individuals—Bert Raynes and Greg McHuron. Working with a bird list supplied by Bert, Greg painted not only the bird in its habitat but also included silhouettes of other inhabitants. The book contains 25 original paintings by Greg and informational and insightful text by Bert.
Note: All proceeds from this book benefit the Meg and Bert Raynes Wildlife Fund. It is available from Grandview Publishing at http://www.birdsofsageandscree.info/
Jackson, WY: Grandview Publishing. ISBN-13: 9781880114360 (Standard Edition) ISBN-13: 9781880114353 (Limited Edition)

A View from the Museum: A Wildlife Viewing Guide (2007)
Depicting wildlife during the various seasons, this guide uses artwork along with Bert’s text to discover what animals are seen and their activities throughout the year. This book also encourages the reader to step outside and view the wildlife.
Jackson Hole, WY: National Museum of Wildlife Art and Bert Raynes. ISBN: none

Winter Wings: Birds of the Northern Rockies (2003)
Organized in sections describing food dependency, this book explains how birds survive during the winter in the Northern Rockies. The information is beautifully illustrated by the acclaimed photography of Thomas D. Mangelsen.
Omaha: Images of Nature. ISBN: 1890310352

Curmudgeon Chronicles (1998)
Taken from Bert‘s weekly natural history column, Far Afield, printed in the Jackson Hole News and Guide plus some essays, this book is a collection of Bert’s observations on man’s foibles including a variety of topics such as: aging, politics, campaigning, research and buying this book.
Jackson, WY: White Willow Publishing. ISBN: 0964242346

Valley So Sweet (1995)
In a journal spanning several decades, Bert penned observations of the natural world and man’s place in it. This book is the distillate of that work covering seasonal observations in a voice that is alternately gentle, wise, sardonic and wickedly funny.
Jackson, WY: White Willow Publishing. ISBN: 0964242311

Finding the Birds of Jackson Hole (1994)
Written by Bert Raynes and Darwin Wile, the authors provide insightful information on birding in Jackson Hole from bird etiquette to bird lists. This book focuses on driving and biking loops as well as day hikes that cover diverse terrains and difficulty levels. Sections are included on birds to look for, best bets as to where to find the species and identifying confusing birds.
Jackson, WY: Darwin Wile. ISBN-13: 9780879499938 ISBN-10: 0879499931

Birds of Grand Teton National Park and the Surrounding Area (1984)
This guidebook features sixty carefully chosen species including both common and unusual birds for this area. Straightforward and direct, the text focuses specifically on habitats and species within the park and surrounding area. Color pictures are included with each species description. Advice about the best places to find the birds along with general comments are shared with a light touch.
Moose, WY: Grand Teton Natural History Association. ISBN: 0931895006

Weekly Newspaper Column

Far Afield - Bert's weekly column published in the Jackson Hole News and Guide

Educational Resources

The links on this page are intended as an educational resource for citizens to learn more about the natural world and wildlife. This is by no means a complete collection but rather a gathering of interesting materials. These materials focus on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the species that call this area home.

Under each topic heading there are links to articles, informational websites and book titles. The value of guidebooks as a resource for information about our natural world should not be overlooked. Here in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem we are grateful to the many authors and scientists who have taken the time to share basic ecological information, past and current research and wisdom with others.

Meg and Bert's philosophy of learning about the natural world is grounded in reading, learning from others and observing. This collection of resources is made in their tradition.

Birds

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Global Warming and Songbirds - Wyoming Report American Bird Conservancy and National Wildlife Federation 2002 article by Jeff Price.

Techniques Attract Desired Bird Species to Barnyards and Backyards Barnyards and Backyards article, summer 2006 issue

Who's Who of Famous Western Birds Barnyards and Backyards article, Fall 2008 issue

Create Homes So Bluebirds Come Your Way Barnyards and Backyards article, Winter 2008 issue

How Does A Sea Duck Find Its Way to Wyoming? Harlequin Wyoming Wildlife Article, August 2006 issue

Bert's Bibliography When looking to learn more about the birds of Jackson Hole, be sure to reference Bert's Bibliography for the incredibly informative resources he has provided over the years.

Christmas Bird Count Data, Jackson, WY The Christmas Bird Count is a nation-wide citizen science effort to organized by the Audubon Society to collect data on wintering birds. This project has been going on for over 100 years! The Jackson area count is organized through the Jackson Bird Club. Click to see the 2014 Count Results or Historical Data for the Jackson Hole Count Circle.

Bears

Precautions Can Ease Human-Bear Conflicts Barnyards and Backyards article, Spring 2007 issue

Bears Will Be Bears The Wildlife Professional article, Winter 2009 issue

Tracking for a Living Essay by Kerry Murphy, PhD on a scent tracking

Bison

The Second Recovery of Bison: Ecological Restoration of North America's Largest Land Mammal The Wildlife Professional article, Fall 2009 issue

Moose

Why Are Moose Populations Declining? Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance News, Summer 2011 issue

Pika

Keeping Their Cool Wyoming Wildlife, July 2010 issue

Pronghorn

Bridger-Teton Protects Pronghorn Jackson Hole News and Guide article, June 3, 2008.

End of the Road? Smithsonian Magazine article, January, 2007

The Last Mile: How to Sustain Long-Distance Migration in Mammals A peer-reviewed research article by Joel Berger published in Conservation Biology, Vol. 18(2), April 2004.

Connecting the Dots: An Invariant Migration Corridor Links the Holocene to the Present A peer-reviewed research article by Joel Berger, Steven Cain and Kim Murray Berger published in Biological Letters, Vol 2, June 2006.

Indirect Effects and Traditional Trophic Cascades: A Test Involving Wolves, Coyotes and Pronghorn A peer-reviewed research article by Kim Murray Berger, et al. published in Ecology, Vol. 89(3), 2008

Citizen Science

Citizen Science Wyoming Wildlife, March 2010 issue

Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

The Greater Yellowstone Science Learning Center maintains an expansive resource of information on natural resources of all kinds found within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Some time spent looking through their website will be rewarded with educational resources ranging from Facts Sheets on particular wildlife species to updates on current research happening within the GYE.

The Greater Yellowstone Science Learning Center describes their website as "a portal to information about the natural and cultural resources of Yellowstone and Grand Teton (including John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway) national parks and Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. By reporting on what has been learned from research and monitoring in these parks, we hope to increase public awareness of new findings and encourage studies that will help guide park management decisions. The National Park Service has set up Research Learning Centers as public-private partnerships that promote the sharing of scientific knowledge about the parks".

Please take some time to investigate what is there by clicking here.

Habitat

To Build A Pond in Wyoming Barnyards and Backyards article, Spring 2008 issue

Improving Land With Grass and Forb Seed Barnyards and Backyards article, Summer 2005 issue

Controlling Noxious Weeds Barnyards and Backyards article, Summer 2006 issue

Planting for Backyard Wildlife Barnyards and Backyards article, Autumn 2005 issue

Think Native When Restoring Small-Acreage Rangelands Barnyards and Backyards article, Spring 2007 issue

"Who Ate The Backyard?" Living With Wildlife on Private Lands An insightful guide to living with wildlife by Charlie Craighead. Published by Grand Teton Natural History Association and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation in cooperation with the National Park Service in 1997.

Roadkill

Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation For more information on Roadkill issues in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, please visit the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation's website. Here you will find a wealth of resources on the roadkill topic as well as the 2003 Roadkill Report compiled by Biota Research.

Funded Projects

Fully or Partially Funded Research Projects for 2020

Title: Critical Habitat Model for Northern Goshawks in Teton County
Project Leader: Bryan Bedrosian
Project Summary: We will create a predictive model of critical habitat in Teton County for Northern Goshawks, a federally and state sensitive raptor species. Leveraging previously collected data on nest site locations gathered with the support of the Meg and Bert Raynes Wildlife Fund, we will outfit breeding goshawks with GPS transmitters to gather data on their habitat and space use. This project will help the short- and long-term management of this indicator species in Teton County by providing land managers and others a spatially explicit prediction of important goshawk habitat for use in habitat protection and alteration planning.


Title: Variation in seasonal movements, habitat selection, and annual productivity of an irruptive, facultative migrant
Project Leader: Katherine Gura
Project Summary: Irruptive, facultative migrants, such as the Great Gray Owl, exhibit less predictable migration, site fidelity, and annual productivity patterns compared to most species. The Great Gray Owl remains a species of greatest conservation need in Wyoming, and understanding how changing resources may influence this species’ movements, seasonal ranges, and reproductive success is essential for effective management. Drawing upon existing climate data, fine-scale GPS locations, long-term demographic monitoring, and prey abundance sampling, we will expand our research to investigate what drives high variation in seasonal movement patterns, habitat selection, and productivity for Great Gray Owls in northwestern Wyoming.


Title: Unseen challenges: identifying parasite communities infecting Yellowstone wolves and their impacts on host fitness
Project Leader: Ellen E. Brandell
Project Summary: Intestinal parasites affect host behavior and survival, and provide an indicator of ecosystem health. We aim to elucidate the relationships between parasite infections and gray wolf biological and social characteristics (e.g., pack size, age, season, stress), and host fitness (e.g., reproductive success). The wolf population in Yellowstone National Park provides an unparalleled opportunity to study parasite dynamics because the population is intensively monitored and the parasite communities within the wolves have not been comprehensively explored. Identifying which parasites the wolves have accumulated post-reintroduction, and how they affect individual health, is vital to population persistence, conservation, and management.


Title: Ensuring Habitat Protection in the Bridger Teton National Forest Plan
Project Leader: Joy Bannon
Project Summary: The Wyoming Wildlife Federation (WWF) is pleased to present a focused organizing and awareness campaign to 1) mobilize local support for migration routes on the Bridger Teton National Forest (BTNF) and 2) conserve wildlife habitat, including big game migration corridors, during the BTNF planning process, as a subdivision of WWF’s statewide migration work. Accomplishing this goal will ensure long-term landscape connectivity for wildlife. The key component of this project is direct communication with the BTNF and diverse stakeholders during the planning process. WWF will also educate and inform the local community on vital wildlife habitat issues through public meetings.


Title: Assessing Habitat Quality for Grizzly Bears (Ursus arctos) in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and the Efficacy of Yellowstone’s Bear Management Areas
Project Leader: Elise Loggers and Dr.Andrea Litt
Project Summary: In 1982, Yellowstone National Park (YNP) created Bear Management Areas (BMAs) to restrict human access to areas with important bear foods to improve safety for both humans and grizzly bears. We will model habitat relationships of grizzlies to evaluate the efficacy of BMAs, for both bears and humans. Specifically, we will collect field data in both YNP and Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) to identify resources important to grizzlies, assess habitat quality for grizzlies, and determine areas of high grizzly density. This work will update the current BMA plan and be applied to GTNP to identify candidate BMAs.


Title: Understanding the role of phenotypic plasticity in maintaining dominance of the New Zealand mud snail
Project Leader: Dr. Amy Krist
Project Summary: The New Zealand mud snail (NZMS) is an aquatic invasive species of growing concern throughout the western United States. We will analyze the NZMS’s competitive ability and phenotypic plasticity relative to native snails in response to varying nutrient conditions in Grand Teton National Park. This project will reveal a probable mechanism of the New Zealand mud snail’s rapid spread and dominance of biomass and secondary production in many aquatic ecosystems and the ideal environmental conditions for the mud snail to thrive. Our work will permit managers to focus their efforts on areas where the NZMS is most likely to dominate.


Title: Increasing the long term impact of the Greater Yellowstone Sandhill Crane Initiative through adult education and training
Project Leader: Joselin Matkins
Project Summary: Building upon the success of the Greater Yellowstone Sandhill Crane Initiative, this proposal requests funding to advance the goal of protecting the largest staging population of Sandhill Cranes in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem through conservation, education and volunteer training. Our strategy for long term support and engagement for the Initiative is to offer educational workshops and crane tours during the Greater Yellowstone Crane Festival. The grant will support educating the public on crane habitat, morphology, crane behaviors, ecology, and how conservation is necessary to sustain their population. Additionally, the grant will support training volunteers to implement our annual crane surveys.


Title: Monitoring wildlife and recreation use on the Bridger-Teton National Forest
Project Leader: Courtney Larson and Trevor Bloom
Project Summary: Recreation in the Bridger-Teton National Forest (BTNF) is expanding rapidly, and further research is needed to understand how recreationists and wildlife interact. The greater Cache Creek area of the BTNF is the most frequently visited region in Jackson Hole. This study, in collaboration with BTNF, Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation, and Friends of Pathways, is the first to quantify the direct impact of recreation on wildlife in this region. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is the science partner. Support from MBRWF in 2020 will help purchase, deploy, and analyze data from 10 additional trail cameras to better inform management of this critical habitat.


Title: Landscape Analysis of Native Bee Community Composition and Plant-Pollinator Interactions in Yellowstone National Park
Project Leader: Kristen Switzer
Project Summary: This research project will address landscape-scale native pollinator community dynamics in Yellowstone National Park (YNP) and how individual trait variation impacts biodiversity. Existing YNP data will be analyzed to identify research gaps, which will be addressed by the establishment of new field sites. Pollinator biodiversity observations, specimen collection, and vegetation surveys will be conducted across all field sites to examine drivers of community structure. All specimens will be identified and measured to analyze how intraspecific and interspecific trait variation contribute to health and survival of pollinators. The information achieved from this project will inform conservation efforts in YNP.


Title: Watch for Wildlife
Project Leader: Kristin Combs
Project Summary: Several informational free standing, double-sided printed banners will be displayed in high-traffic areas at the JH Airport and other areas in town that will introduce the concept of being wildlife-aware when traveling through Jackson. A QR code will then direct people to a 30-minute audio tour app developed and marketed with TravelStorysGPS and our website with more information about wildlife coexistence. This will be a free, quality audio tour that can be played when driving on the highways in JH, with an entertaining and informative historical and wildlife habitat focused narrative including where to look out for wildlife on roadways paired with conservation information about each species.


Title: The role of food web structure and resource availability in providing refugia for threatened alpine invertebrates
Project Leader: Karen Jorgenson
Project Summary: Understanding the role of species within an ecosystem is important for predicting their vulnerability to climate change. We know very little about food web interactions of alpine invertebrates, even though these taxa are highly threatened. I aim to determine the food web structure and feeding habits of invertebrate communities and survey resource quantity and quality in alpine streams with different hydrological sources within Grand Teton National Park. I will explore whether streams fed by sub-terranean ice will act as refugia for local threatened taxa by identifying essential resources that support food webs and assessing resource use flexibility.


Title: Food for Thought: Understanding the Joint Impacts of Predation and Food Limitation on Sagebrush Songbird Nesting Success
Project Leader: Ashleigh Rhea
Project Summary: Sagebrush-obligate songbirds (Brewer’s sparrow, sagebrush sparrow, sage thrasher) are species of conservation concern, due at least in part to extensive breeding habitat loss and alteration. Habitat changes resulting from energy development around Pinedale, Wyoming have allowed deer mice, the primary nest predator of sagebrush songbirds, to become unnaturally abundant and suppress songbird productivity. High climatic variability coupled with human-induced habitat alteration in sagebrush ecosystems may also limit insect prey available to songbirds. We will experimentally investigate whether deer mouse predation and variability of food resource act independently or synergistically on sagebrush songbird nesting success using food supplementation experiments.


Title: Linking Monitoring and Research to Amphibian Conservation in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem: a Science Symposium
Project Leader: Andrew Ray
Project Summary: Knowledge regarding amphibian conservation has grown at a rapid pace. This project seeks to combine current knowledge with information gained from over three decades of amphibian field studies in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. A multi-day symposium, Linking Monitoring and Research to Amphibian Conservation in the GYE, will bring together conservationists, land managers, and scientists to exchange information on amphibian conservation and threats. Symposium participants will critically review ongoing NPS monitoring activities, discuss the use of emerging techniques and analytical approaches, and recommend strategies to better integrate future monitoring with conservation actions in national parks and throughout the GYE.


Fully or Partially Funded Research Projects for 2019

Title: Of Mice and Birds: Effects of Primary Predator Removal on Sagebrush Songbird Nesting Success
Project Leader: Ashleigh Rhea, University of Wyoming: Wyoming Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit
Project Summary: Sagebrush-obligate songbirds (Brewer’s sparrow, sagebrush sparrow, sage thrasher) are species of conservation concern, due at least in part to extensive breeding habitat loss and alteration. Habitat changes resulting from energy development around Pinedale, Wyoming have allowed deer mice, the primary nest predator of sagebrush songbirds, to become unnaturally abundant and suppress songbird productivity. We will experimentally investigate whether nest predation of sagebrush songbirds by deer mice is additive or compensatory, and whether rodent removal could comprise a potential management strategy to increase songbird reproductive output. We will also evaluate the influence of deer mice as a potential competitor for food.
Project Reports: To view current status report click here.


Title: Expanded Crane Research in Teton Valley to support the goals of the Greater Yellowstone Sandhill Crane Initiative “the Initiative”.
Project Leader: Joselin Matkins, Teton Regional Land Trust
Project Summary: The Initiative is a multi-year project (formally the Teton Valley Crane Project) working to preserve critical staging habitat for Sandhills and to raise awareness and funding for private land conservation, a critical aspect of sustaining the wildlife of the Greater Yellowstone. This proposal requests funding to improve the Initiative’s monitoring program by expanding monitoring of Sandhills to previously unsurveyed areas and conducting a complete roost survey. This expansion will give us new information so we can we proactively secure unprotected roosts, protect previously unidentified lands on which the cranes forage, and expand the food plots in proximity to roosting habitat.
Project Reports: To view executive summary click here. To view current status report click here.


Title: Western Toad Monitoring in Jackson Hole
Project Leader: Debra Patla, Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative
Project Summary: As the rarest of the four native amphibian species known to occur in Teton County, Western Toads have an uncertain conservation status due to insufficient monitoring in recent years. We propose to survey previously-identified toad breeding areas in Grand Teton National Park and other places in Jackson Hole, to determine if breeding populations of this species are persisting.
Project Reports: To view executive summary click here. To view current status report click here.


Title: Spatial ecology and conservation of long-distance mule deer migrations from Grand Teton National Park
Project Leader: Steve Cain & Sarah Dewey, Grand Teton National Park Foundation & Grand Teton National Park
Project Summary: This project aims to document and describe long-distance migratory movements of mule deer between summer range in Grand Teton National Park and wintering grounds throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and to use this information to protect deer migrations through conservation actions. 2019 marks our final year of GPS radio collar deployments. We propose to use MBRWF funding to refurbish existing collars or purchase new collars for deployment in late summer/fall. Our goal is to enhance the sample size and distribution of collared deer to ensure the most complete picture of GTNP migrations as possible.
Project Reports: To view current status report click here.


Title: Using Genomics to Understand the Population Dynamics and Further Conservation of Great Gary Owls in Jackson Hole
Project Leader: Beth Mendelsohn, Bryan Bedrosian and Holly Ernest, Teton Raptor Center & University of Wyoming
Project Summary: We have studied Great Gray Owls (Strix nebulosa) in Jackson Hole since 2013 to learn about their ecology, breeding ranges, nesting locations, and fledging success. With the help of the Meg and Bert Raynes Wildlife Fund, we recently created genetic markers for this population and compared our Wyoming population to other populations. The results from this analysis showed distinct differentiation among Great Gray Owls in four separate habitat fragments across the Intermountain West. We are proposing to complete local, individual-level genetic analyses that will help solve key ecological questions by integrating genomic methods into existing field data.
Project Reports: To view current status report click here.


Title: Evaluating Occupancy Survey Methods for Northern Goshawks with the Use of Automated Recording Units
Project Leader: Bryan Bedrosian, Teton Raptor Center
Project Summary: This project will assess the effectiveness of using automated recording devices for accurately surveying for occupied Northern Goshawk territories. Traditional call-back surveys have been documented to miss up to 72% of occupied goshawk territories, which can lead to significant habitat loss if forest treatments occur as a result. The goal of this project is to provide empirical data on the effectiveness of using automated recorders to survey for goshawks and resultantly shift agency protocols to a more effective survey method.
Project Reports: To view current status report click here.


Title: Great Gray Owl Habitat Selection and Home Range Characteristics during the Breeding and Post-Fledging Season
Project Leader: Katherine Gura, University of Wyoming: Wyoming Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit
Project Summary: Great Gray Owls remain a species of greatest conservation need in Wyoming, in part because their home range areas and habitat requirements remain unknown. These data are essential in order to manage owl populations effectively. We will quantify breeding-season home-range areas and identify important foraging and post-fledging habitat for Great Gray Owls in Teton County. This information will strengthen management of nesting areas, help identify potential breeding habitat, and inform density estimates in the region. Additionally, by collecting baseline resource data for this species, we can better understand how it responds to changes to its critical habitat.


Title: Population Origin and Identification of Unknown Lek Sites for Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse in Grand Teton National Park
Project Leader: Jonathan Lautenbach, University of Wyoming
Project Summary: Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse are a declining species across the Intermountain West and a species of conservation need in Wyoming. Historically they were found in the Jackson Hole area, but were extirpated in the 1940s. In 2010, a small lek, a communal display arena where males gather in an attempt to attract females, was found in the southeastern portion of Grand Teton National Park. We are seeking to understand where these birds originated from, if there is more than 1 lek in the park, and identify potential areas where additional leks might be located within Grand Teton National Park.


Title: Understanding Adaptive Capacity in a Changing World
Project Leader: Embere Hall, Wyoming Game & Fish Department
Project Summary: We request MBRWF support to complete the first year of a collaborative research initiative that addresses whether temperature-sensitive wildlife can buffer warming temperatures through population-level changes in morphological traits, such as body size. We will use the American pika (Ochotona princeps) as a model. Results of our work will inform ongoing agency efforts to conserve Wyoming’s wildlife and to prioritize conservation actions in the face of climate change.
Project Reports: To view current status report click here.


Title: Monitoring the Breeding Population of Wyoming’s Harlequin Ducks
Project Leader: Lucas Savoy, Biodiversity Research Institute
Project Summary: Conserving Wyoming’s Harlequin Duck population requires a continued effort to better understand the species’ breeding habitat requirements, general breeding ecology, and current population estimates through monitoring the presence of breeding pairs on backcountry streams. During 2016-2018, Wyoming participated in a collaborative regional conservation study, to identify the previously unknown migration routes and wintering grounds for inland breeding populations of western North American Harlequin Ducks. The project was highly successful and harlequin movement data is currently being compiled. Through this effort, strong partnerships have formed among Wyoming’s wildlife agencies and further conservation objectives have been identified for Wyoming’s Harlequin Duck population.


Fully or Partially Funded Research Projects for 2018

Title: Establishment of a Yellowstone MAPS station
Project Leader: Justin Barth/ LaurenWalke, Yellowstone Forever
Project Summary: Although Yellowstone National Park is known for its wildlife, relatively little is known about the park’s songbird populations. To complement ongoing research, we will establish a MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) songbird banding station in a willow-lined riparian corridor in Yellowstone’s northern range. Through this standardized protocol, we will gain better information on songbird abundance and diversity, as well as productivity, survival, age-ratios, and turnover between breeding seasons. Ultimately, we will assess demographic trends and the source-sink status of Yellowstone’s willow habitat as well as uncover threats and ultimately establish more informed and effective management practices.
Project Reports: To view executive summary click here. To view current status report click here.


Title: Spatial ecology and conservation of long-distance mule deer migrations from Grand Teton National Park
Project Leader: Steve Cain, Sarah Dewey, GTNP Foundation
Project Summary: Our project aims to document long-distance migratory movements of mule deer between summer range in Grand Teton National Park and wintering grounds throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and to use this information to protect deer migrations through a variety of conservation actions. In 2017, we successfully used MBRWF funds to increase project capacity necessary for data analysis. In 2018, we are proposing the same, recognizing the monumental scope of the analyses required in this type of work and its importance to providing a requisite information base from which conservation actions can be initiated.
Project Reports: To view executive summary click here. To view current status report click here.


Title: Teton Valley Crane Project
Project Leader: Joselin Matkins, Teton Regional Land Trust
Project Summary: The Crane Project is comprised of the Teton Regional Land Trust, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Legacy Works Group, and willing private landowners. The overarching goal of this multi-year project is two-fold: 1) Develop a permanently protected Crane Management Area in Teton Valley, Idaho to benefit the Rocky Mountain Population of Sandhill Cranes, and
2) Develop educational opportunities and a watchable wildlife legacy highlighting the role of private land conservation in sustaining the wildlife of the Greater Yellowstone. This proposal requests funding for the unmet needs in 2018 to continue advancing this project.
Project Reports: To view current status report click here.


Title: 2019 Jackson Hole Wildlife Symposium
Project Leader: Peyton Griffin, NRCC
Project Summary: The Jackson Hole Wildlife Symposium (JHWS) serves as the only local forum for wildlife scientists, agency personnel, and the public to share information on conservation research and education efforts in the region. The most recent JHWS, held in March of 2017, was attended by 150 people during the day and 200 people for the evening keynote. Attendees provided overwhelmingly positive feedback and asked that the event be held every two years. We hope the MBRWF will consider joining us again as a Silver Sponsor for the next symposium, scheduled for March 8, 2019.
Project Report: To view current status report click here.


Title: Bald Eagle Genetics in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem - Revealing the Wyoming Connections
Project Leader: Michael Whitfield, NRCC
Project Summary: Remnant nesting bald eagles in Jackson Hole were likely the source of much of the recovery of the GYE bald eagle population. New genetics tools can lead to discovery of the mechanism of that dramatic recovery, the population’s boundaries and structure, and thus the foundation for future conservation measures for bald eagles of the GYE and its Upper Snake, Wyoming core area. Research partners have mounted an extensive examination of GYE bald eagle genetics. This proposal would support one element of that broader study: expanded genetic sampling at key Idaho nest sites to reveal the extent of those Wyoming connections.
Project Reports: To view current status report click here.


Title: Identification of Long-Term Black Rosy-Finch Monitoring Sites in Wyoming
Project Leader: Carl Brown, NRCC
Project Summary: Black Rosy-Finches are one of the least studied avian in North America and occupy its highest mountain ranges.  Climate change has already resulted in the upward advance of alpine plant species, avian small mammals.  Potentially being the highest breeding vertebrate on the continent, it would not leave sign of its departure unlike pika.  Immediate surveys are needed if we are to document baseline information.  This project would complement previous rosy-finch range studies and a master’s set to be completed this spring by Carl Brown at the University of Wyoming. It would assist managers in providing long-term monitoring site recommendations, which are lacking.
Related Audubon Article: Click here to view article.


Title: Great Gray Owl habitat selection and home range characteristics during the breeding and post-fledgling season
Project Leader: Katherine Gura, Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Wyoming
Project Summary: Great Gray Owls remain a species of greatest conservation need in Wyoming, in part because their home range size and habitat requirements remain unknown. These data are essential in order to manage owl populations effectively. This study will quantify core breeding areas as well as important foraging and post-fledging habitat of Great Gray Owls in Teton County. This information can be used to manage nest sites effectively, identify potential breeding habitat, and estimate density for the region. This research will be conducted as a master’s project through the University of Wyoming in conjunction with Teton Raptor Center.
Project Reports: To view executive summary click here. To view current status report click here.


Fully or Partially Funded Research Projects for 2017

Title: 2017-2018 Jackson Hole Adopt-a-Trout Program
Project Leader: Leslie Steen, Trout Unlimited
Project Summary: The Jackson Hole Adopt-a-Trout (AaT) Program works with the Teton County School District to educate students about their local watershed and fisheries while also providing important data to resource managers. The program is both a robust educational program and a research project with real-world applications – which together help improve the health of our community’s aquatic resources by cultivating the next generation of stewards and identifying on-the-ground conservation needs. The 2017-2018 program will be organized around a radiotelemetry study of native Snake River cutthroat trout movement in the Upper Snake watershed that informs active and future reconnection and restoration projects.
Project Reports: To view executive summary click here. To view current status report click here.


Title: American Kestrel Survival
Project Leader: Ross Crandall, Craighead Beringia South
Project Summary: American kestrels are declining in western Wyoming and we do not know why. As a result, we are proposing a project to estimate adult survival and seasonal patterns of mortality to gauge the contribution of mortality on the documented downward population trend. We will use tracking devices to assess survival of kestrels during the nesting and non-nesting seasons by tracking the birds while they are here and seeing if they return. Kestrel survival and timing of mortality is an extremely important aspect to understanding and slowing the decline of kestrels in Jackson Hole.
Project Reports: To view executive summary click here. To view current status report click here.


Title: Nesting Demographics of Flammulated Owls in Jackson Hole
Project Leader: Bryan Bedrosian, Teton Raptor Center
Project Summary: Flammulated Owls are a small, nocturnal, migratory owl that is designated a USFS sensitive species in the Intermountain Region. Until just last year, this species’ breeding and population status in western Wyoming has remained completely unknown. In 2016, we conducted a limited set of surveys in Teton County and detected an estimated 16 territories. Capitalizing on this initial dataset, we are proposing to initiate the first-ever study of Flammulated Owls in western Wyoming. Through a combination of night-surveys, nest-searching, nest-monitoring and prey assessments, we will collect the first demographic and prey abundance data for Flammulated Owls in Jackson Hole.
Project Reports: To view current status report click here.


Title: Genetic Connectivity of a Rocky Mountain Hummingbird in Threatened Sky-island Habitats
Project Leader: Braden Lewis Godwin
Project Summary: Sky islands are systems of mountains and valleys with limited dispersal among high-elevation habitats, forming biological “islands.” High-elevation bird species are sensitive to climate change because phenology of plants shift and habitats shrink. Broad-tailed Hummingbirds (Selasphorus platycercus) breed in montane habitats in the Rocky Mountains. Banding studies show S. platycercus exhibits high fidelity to breeding sites. The health of Wyoming populations depends on the health of surrounding populations as well. I will estimate genetic connectivity of sky-island S. platycercus populations from Jackson, WY to southern Colorado to assess potential to maintain genetic diversity and population health in changing habitats.
Project Reports: To view executive summary click here. To view current status report click here.


Title: Great Grey Owls at the Range-Edge
Project Leader: Beth Mendelsohn
Project Summary: The Great Gray Owls (Strix nebulosa) of northwest Wyoming reside on a peninsular range-edge for the species. This causes unique genetic-level population dynamics mediated by range shape. Directional gene flow and selective pressures create implications for genetic diversity and evolutionary potential. My research integrates population genomics methods to existing field data to investigate population structure and connectivity across the owls’ range in the west.
Project Reports: To view executive summary click here. To view current status report click here.


Title: Spatial Ecology and Conservation of Long-distance Mule Deer Migrations from Grand Teton National Park
Project Leader: Steve Cain and Sarah Dewey
Project Summary: We propose to analyze the migratory movements of mule deer between summering grounds in GTNP and wintering grounds throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. To date, our study has described five new long-distance migration corridors leading outward in all cardinal directions from the park. In addition to continued migration monitoring, detailed spatial and temporal analyses are now needed to assess potential risks to the permeability of each corridor, focusing on important terrain features and current and future land ownership, use, and development. These steps are necessary precursors to Title: development of long-term conservation actions designed to protect these important wildlife migration corridors.
Project Reports: To view executive summary click here. To view current status report click here.


Fully or Partially Funded Research Projects for 2016

Title: 8-Legged Architects: The Ecology Of Mound Building In Spiders
Project Leader: Maggie J. Raboin
Project Summary: Mason spiders (Castianeira teewinoticus) are a newly discovered and recently described species of spider in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. They are unique among spiders because they do not construct webs or burrows; they build mounds. Despite the conspicuous nature of their mound building behavior, the function of these mounds is unknown. The goals of the proposed project are twofold. First, the project will experimentally determine the adaptive function of mason spider mounds. Second, the project will determine the energetic costs and reproductive benefits of mound building.
Project Report: To view project report click here.


Title: For everything there is a season – but the seasons, they are a changing: Phenology shifts in the Tetons
Project Leader: Corinna Riginos, Ph.D., Research Associate, Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative
Project Summary: Many plants and animals are experiencing changes in the timing of their key life events (phenology) as the climate is warming. This may be causing once-common species to become rare. In the Tetons, Frank Craighead, Jr. observed plant phenology in the 1970’s, before significant climatic changes had occurred. We have compiled these observations into usable data; we now need to conduct field surveys to develop a detailed plan for collecting contemporary data and citizen scientist engagement. Ultimately we aim to understand the impacts of climate change on the Teton region while engaging the public and preserving the Craighead legacy.
Project Reports: To view summary report click here. To view final report click here.


Title: Phase 2: Connecting Wyoming’s Breeding Harlequin Duck Population to their Important Wintering and Molting Areas and Identifying Crucial Habitats
Project Leader: Lucas Savoy
Project Summary: Conserving Wyoming’s Harlequin Duck population will require a better understanding of the species’ breeding habitat requirements, general breeding ecology, and migration patterns. The Meg and Bert Raynes Wildlife Fund previously funded the acquisition of tracking devices needed to reach these objectives. We are proposing Phase 2 of the study: to initiate the tracking study and map currently unknown migration routes and identify important molting and wintering areas of Wyoming’s Harlequin Ducks. This project is part of a collaborative regional conservation study, to identify migration routes and wintering grounds for inland breeding populations of western North American Harlequin Duck.
Project Reports: To view executive summary click here. To view current status report click here.


Title: Stewardship in Action: Trumpeter Swan nest site monitoring and habitat improvement in Teton County, Wyoming.
Project Leader: Drew Reed
Project Summary: This project will monitor at least 4 active nesting territories in Teton County to investigate causes of frequent nesting failures and cygnet losses. We will provide land managers with possible management recommendations to improve nesting success. In collaboration with Susan Patla (WGFD), nest site improvement options will be investigated and implemented at the Upper Slide Lake territory. Also in collaboration with Susan, we will create a brochure targeted mainly at private landowners explaining the need and considerations for development of new swan nesting territories through wetland creation or enhancement.
Project Reports: To view executive summary click here. To view monitoring report click here.


Title: Demographic Study of Long-billed Curlews in Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge
Project Leader: Jay Carlisle
Project Summary: To follow up on successful tracking of Long-billed Curlews via satellite telemetry, we propose to collaborate to collect nesting data for curlews in the Jackson population. Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) and the National Elk Refuge (NER) together host the only known nesting curlews in Jackson Hole. Though we now have a sense for important wintering areas, we need data on how well this population is reproducing - another important element of full annual cycle conservation. This proposal would provide a field technician to monitor curlews during the nesting season in partnership with 2016 monitoring efforts by NER and GTNP.
Project Report: To view project report click here. To view a 2019 project update click here.


Fully or Partially Funded Research Projects for 2015

Title: 2016 Jackson Hole Wildlife Symposium
Project Leader: Maggie Schilling, Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative (NRCC)
Project Summary: The Jackson Hole Wildlife Symposium (JHWS) serves as the only local forum for wildlife scientists, agency personnel, and the public to share information on research and conservation efforts in the region. NRCC and the Teton Research Institute of Teton Science Schools co-sponsored the JHWS most recently in December of 2014. A sell-out crowd provided overwhelmingly positive feedback and asked that the event be held again soon. The MBRWF joined as an Event Sponsor for the next symposium, scheduled for late February or early March 2016.
Project Report: To view project report click here.


Title: A Landowner’s Guide to Fences and Wildlife – 2nd Edition
Project Leader: Nicholas Rogers, Wyoming Wildlife – The Foundation
Project Summary: Wyoming Wildlife – The Foundation (WW-TF) is working to publish the second edition of A Landowner’s Guide to Fences and Wildlife, Practical Tips to Make Your Fences Wildlife Friendly. The book outlines several methods and techniques for how to make fences wildlife friendly and includes testimonials from landowners who have modified their fences to wildlife friendly. The second edition of the guidebook will have some new methods and techniques as well as current landowner success stories from Wyoming. The primary goal of this edition is to have it distributed to as many livestock producers and landowners as possible.
Project Report: The electronic version is available at http://wyomingwildlifefoundation.org/.


Title: Clark’s Nutcracker, an Avian Seed Dispenser
Project Leader: Taza Schaming, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Project Summary: Since 2009, I have been evaluating the impact of the decline of whitebark pine on Clark’s nutcracker demography and habitat selection. In 2014, I fit satellite transmitters to eight nutcrackers to document their long distance movements, for the first time studying habitat selection and movement at the ecologically relevant geographic spatial scale over which this conservation-critical Clark’s nutcracker-whitebark pine mutualism takes place. I will continue to track each individual for an estimated minimum of two years. My ultimate goal is to determine which management actions will increase the persistence of nutcrackers, and their important seed dispersal function, in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Project Report: To view project report click here. To view a 2019 update click here. To view a 2020 update click here.


Title: Evaluation of Trumpeter Swan nesting habitat and habitat improvement potential on the Wyoming portion of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest
Project Leader: Drew Reed, The Trumpeter Swan Society
Project Summary: This project will evaluate Trumpeter Swan nesting habitat quality, identify factors reducing nesting success, and recommend potential improvement measures on at least 6 lakes within the Wyoming portion of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest (CTNF). This area lies between Yellowstone National Park and key swan nesting areas in Jackson Hole and Idaho. Work will be accomplished in collaboration with The Trumpeter Swan Society (Project Leader: Ruth Shea, TTSS Greater Yellowstone Coordinator, 208-785-0314) United States Forest Service (USFS) and Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD).
Project Report: To view project report click here.


Title: Quantifying wildlife resilience to climate change in Wyoming’s montane habitats.
Project Leader: Embere Hall, University of Wyoming: Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Project Summary: The MBRWF grant supports the final year of a collaborative research initiative that addresses how well temperature-sensitive wildlife can buffer warming temperatures through changes in behavior. The American pika (Ochotona princeps) is used as a model organism. Results of this work will inform ongoing agency efforts to conserve Wyoming’s wildlife and to prioritize conservation actions in the face of climate change.
Project Report: To view project report click here.


Title: Long-billed Curlew Satellite Telemetry Project, Year Two: Grand Teton National Park
Project Leader: Jay Carlisle, Boise State University, Intermountain Bird Observatory
Project Summary: A satellite transmitter will be attached to a breeding adult Long-billed Curlew in Grand Teton National Park as part of a larger regional study to determine migration routes and wintering grounds. This project would increase the sample size for curlews breeding in the Jackson area and build on data collected last year on specific locations and habitats required during the non-breeding season. Location data will be available to the public on the Boise State University, Intermountain Bird Observatory website and via WGFD. In addition, results will be used for development of a regional conservation strategy.
Project Report: To view project report click here.


Title: For Everything There is a Season – but the seasons, they are a changing: Phenology shifts in the Tetons
Project Leader: Corinna Riginos, Teton Research Institute of Teton Science Schools
Project Summary: Many plants and animals are experiencing changes in the timing of their key life events (phenology) as the climate is warming. These changes may be causing once-common species to become rare. In the Tetons, Frank Craighead, Jr. made detailed observations of plant and animal phenology in the 1980’s. This provides a rare opportunity to develop “baseline” data on phenology before significant climatic changes had occurred. By formalizing these notes into digital, quantitative data, the groundwork will be laid for studying phenology changes in the uniquely ecologically intact Teton-Yellowstone area while preserving the legacy of one of the region’s great naturalists.
Project Report: To view project report click here.


Title: Monitoring wildlife movement on South Highway 89
Project Leader: Cory Hatch, Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation
Project Summary: The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) is planning a large-scale reconstruction of South Highway 89/191 (SHWY89/191). As part of this reconstruction, WYDOT has proposed six large underpasses and many smaller structures to facilitate wildlife movement and reduce wildlife vehicle collisions. Four conservation groups are collaborating to begin pre-construction monitoring of wildlife at these sites using camera traps at identified crossing locations. Monitoring sites include crossing locations for ungulates and small mammals. Data and images obtained from this project will inform final design considerations and provide public education on the efficacy of underpasses in reducing wildlife collisions and promoting habitat connectivity.
Project Report: To view project report click here.


Title: Determining The Level of Detectability Using Environmental DNA (eDNA) Sampling and Traditional Methods to Inventory Amphibians: Improving Amphibian Conservation Efforts on The Bridger-Teton National Forest
Project Leader: Don DeLong, US Forest Service, Bridger – Teton National Forest
Project Summary: Current amphibian occupancy techniques on the Bridger-Teton National Forest (BTNF) involves visual and call detection surveys as a means to inventory sensitive amphibians, whose low abundancy and low detection rates have made detecting the presence-absence of amphibians difficult, time consuming, and costly. This grant will assist the implementation of environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling as a new, cost effective technique to inventory amphibians. Water samples collected by BTNF wildlife crews at key inventory locations will be analyzed to positively identify amphibian species. By comparing results from eDNA sampling with results from traditional surveys completed by wildlife crews, eDNA sampling would test the effectiveness of wildlife crews to detect species within wetland sites.
Project Report: To view project report click here.


Title: Spring Banding and Summer Surveys of the Black Rosy-Finch in Wyoming
Project Leader: Carl Brown/Vincent Spagnuolo, Biodiversity Research Institute
Project Summary: This study will initiate survey work on the Black Rosy-Finch (BLRF) which is one of the least studied birds in the Rocky Mountain West. As a high elevation-obligate nester, range contraction and habitat changes resulting from climate warming could lead to local extirpation of the species. Knowledge gained in 2015 will provide needed baseline data for a graduate study scheduled to begin in 2016 by the University of Wyoming Coop Unit, funded through a WGFD State Wildlife Grant. The graduate study will focus on assessing the abundance and habitat of nesting BLRF in northwestern WY, developing habitat models to determine risk of predicted climate changes, and a long-term monitoring protocol to determine population trends over time. Data collected this summer will provide information on potential nesting areas and determine through spring banding work the possibility of tracking migration and winter movements in future years. Given the extremely short nesting season for this species, this preliminary work will help ensure the success of the future graduate research study. Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI), which is already conducting avian studies in the region on Harlequin Ducks and Common Loons, would be continuing a partnership with Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) and the MBRWF to study non-game species to make sure that viable populations are maintained into the future.
Project Report: To view executive summary click here. To view project report click here.


Fully or Partially Funded Research Projects for 2014

Title: Assessing Snail and Trematode Biodiversity in Jackson, WY at swan concentration areas
Project Leader: Amy Krist, University of Wyoming
Project Summary: Little is known about the species richness of snails and their associated trematode parasites in Teton County. However, recent necropsies on Trumpeter Swans revealed that many swans that died carry very high loads of trematode parasites. This study would be the first to investigate snail and associated parasite diversity in wetlands where swans congregate in winter/early spring.
Project Report: To view project report click here.


Title: Craighead and Craighead Raptor Census (1947-2014)
Project Leader: Bryan Bedrosian, Craighead Beringia South
Project Summary: Raptor populations have been periodically surveyed in Jackson Hole for over 65 years, starting with Frank and John Craighead’s seminal study surrounding Blacktail Butte, beginning in 1947. Data from past follow-up surveys have shown several key changes in the raptor community in Jackson Hole. Specifically, the numbers of species and individual pairs of several raptors and owls have been declining over the years, while corvid numbers have exhibited increases. This project offers a unique opportunity to continue monitoring the health of Jackson Hole’s raptor population. By replicating the original Craighead survey and building upon their work, this project can contribute to one of the longest running scientific datasets on raptors in North America.
Project Report: To view project report click here.


Title: Multiscale landscape patterns of habitat selection and resource tracking by the Clark’s nutcracker, an avian seed disperser
Project Leader: Cynthia Todd/Taza Schaming, Cornell University
Project Summary: Since 2009, Taza Schaming has been evaluating the impact of the decline of whitebark pine on Clark’s nutcracker demography and habitat selection. In 2014, she will fit satellite transmitters to nutcrackers to document their long distance movements, for the first time studying habitat selection and movement at the ecologically relevant geographic spatial scale over which this conservation-critical mutualism takes place. For more information on Taza's study, please click here
Project Report: To view project report click here.


Title: Monitoring Amphibian Breeding Efforts on the National Elk Refuge
Project Leader: Debra Patla, Research Associate; Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative (NRCC)
Project Summary: Amphibians of the National Elk Refuge have been the subject of inventory and monitoring since 1998. This grant supports a final year of monitoring and reporting, with a focus on breeding effort at key sites. The results could encourage managers and the public to see amphibians as a valuable component of biodiversity and to protect their habitat.
Project Report: To view project report click here.


Title: Long-billed Curlew Satellite Telemetry Project, National Elk Refuge
Project Leader: Jay Carlisle, Research Director; Idaho Bird Observatory, Boise State University
Project Summary: This project will involve attaching satellite transmitters to two adult Long-billed Curlews on the National Elk Refuge to determine migration routes and wintering grounds. This would provide the first information on specific locations and habitats required during the non-breeding season by curlews that nest in Wyoming.
Project Report: To view project report click here.


Title: Pilot study to evaluate a long-term Harlequin Duck breeding population monitoring study in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park
Project Leader: Lucas Savoy
Project Summary: In order to make informed decisions on the conservation of Wyoming’s Harlequin Duck population, a better understanding of the species’ breeding habitat requirements, general breeding ecology and migration information is needed. This will be the initiation of a breeding Harlequin Duck population monitoring project in Grand Teton National Park, through uniquely marking individuals with color leg bands.
Project Report: To view project report click here.


Title: Documenting distribution and habitat attributes for northern flying squirrel in Teton County, Wyoming
Project Leader: Martin Grenier, Nongame Biologist, Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Project Summary: Northern flying squirrels serve as excellent indicators of forest function and health. In Teton County, surveys have not been done and little is known about distribution or habitat use. Surveys will allow us to develop a baseline occupancy model, and evaluate vegetative composition and structure important for this species. Data from Jackson will complement data being collected elsewhere in Wyoming.
Project Report: To view project report click here.


Fully or Partially Funded Research Projects for 2013

Title: Distribution, prevalence, and feeding patterns for tabanid flies (i.e. horse flies), the vector of the arterial worm of sheep and cervids (i.e. moose)
Project Leader: Amy Williams
Project Summary: Tabanid flies are thought to be responsible for transmission of the carotid artery worm to moose. Historically moose were not infected with carotid artery worm. Currently, approximately 50% of the moose in Wyoming are infected. This research will give us a better understanding of the mechanics and to what level horseflies transmit this parasite to moose.
Project Report: To view project report click here.


Title: Creating Educational Opportunities for Citizen Scientists in Jackson Hole--co-funded with Nature Mapping of Jackson Hole and the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole.
Project Leader: Teton Raptor Center
Project Summary: Teton Raptor Center and Nature Mapping Jackson Hole are introducing a series of raptor identification courses during spring 2014. These courses will engage citizen scientists of Jackson Hole and increase knowledge and awareness of raptors. Three courses will take place in the months of March, April, and May, followed by a Nature Mapping certification course
Project Report: To view project report click here.


Fully or Partially Funded Research Projects for 2012

Title: Snake River Regional Wetland Plan—co-funded with local partners including Ducks Unlimited Jackson and the Teton Conservation District
Project Leader: Susan Patla and Brian Remlinger
Project Summary: This new regional plan is part of the state-wide wetland conservation planning effort by the Wyoming Bird Habitat Conservation Partnership to focus conservation actions and dollars to top priority wetland complexes. The draft has been finished and submitted for final editing and approval by the state.
Project Report: To view project report click here.


Title: The Impact of Whitebark Pine Mortality on Clark’s Nutcracker Demography and Habitat Use
Project Leader: Taza Schaming
Project Summary: This important study will help give a better understanding of how the pine’s decline is affecting nutcracker populations and behavior.
Project Report: To view project report click here.


Fully or Partially Funded Research Projects for 2011

Title: The Impact of Whitebark Pine Mortality on Clark’s Nutcracker Demography and Habitat Use
Project Leader: Taza Schaming
Project Summary: This important study will enlighten us about the variables that affect one particular species.
Project Report: To view project report click here.

Sponsored Projects

Nature Mapping Jackson Hole Originating with the Meg and Bert Raynes Wildlife Fund, the Nature Mapping Jackson Hole (NMJH) citizen science project is housed under the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation (JHWF). Bert Raynes is very involved sitting on the NMJH Advisory Committee and participating in the project. The Meg and Bert Raynes Wildlife Fund remains a partial supporter of the NMJH project and the partnership between MBRWF and JHWF is firmly grounded in the desire to help Jackson Hole's wildlife community.

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