It’s no secret that Yellowstone is a special place — not only to Wyoming, but to our entire nation. It has long been a destination for people to view and admire wildlife, from elk and grizzlies to pronghorn and mule deer. But these species cannot be contained within the boundaries of a national park. They need space to roam.
Many species’ migration corridors cross through both public and private land, ranches and parks. Unfortunately, much of the land on which this wildlife relies is being lost to development.
To protect these critical migration corridors, The Nature Conservancy is working with private landowners and other partners in the Greater Yellowstone region to ensure Yellowstone remains a place for both the traditional ranching culture and its famous wildlife.
To protect these species and their habitat, we need to gain a greater understanding of migration behavior. However, there is still a lot about this behavior that scientists don’t know. That’s why the Conservancy and its partners are leading a major mule deer migration study in the Greater Yellowstone Ecoregion. This study includes one of the largest collaring efforts ever conducted in Wyoming, focused on multiple herds and spanning an area from the Wind River valley to the Bighorn Basin.
Mule deer in Wyoming. © Scott Copeland
A Matching Opportunity
Nancy-Carroll Draper was a life-long conservationist and animal advocate dedicated to protecting Wyoming’s critical landscapes and all of the wildlife that depend on it. To honor her love of nature in Wyoming, her namesake foundation has created a one-year $200,000 challenge grant.
The funds of this grant will be used to support groundbreaking research on large-scale elk and mule deer migrations across the Greater Yellowstone Ecoregion. They will also support the protection of important travel corridors for pronghorn, elk, and mule deer; foster thoughtful energy development to improve and protect wildlife habitat; and inspire others through thoughtful education and outreach.
How Can You Help?
Your support of our conservation efforts allows us to be a powerful force in preserving healthy wildlife habitat in our great state for which we are deeply grateful.
Qualifying gifts and pledges made by 6/20/17 and payable in 3 years or less will be matched 1:1, up to $50,000 per donor. Gifts and pledges over $5,000 from new donors (including donors who haven’t contributed for 3 or more years) will be matched in full up to $50,000; donors who increase their gift from the prior year by at least $5,000 will have the increase matched up to $50,000. Gifts must be designated to support one or more of the initiatives described above.