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Wildlife, Wonders & Wilderness

Wildlife, Wonders & Wilderness

The Yellowstone Park Foundation supports projects relating to wildlife, geology, science, ecosystem, and education to preserve Yellowstone's natural resources.

 

Native Fish Conservation Program

Funding Needed: $1,000,000 annually matched by federal funds

Fisheries Conservation
Photo Credit: NPS

Project 1: Cutthroat Trout Restoration in Yellowstone Lake

The Yellowstone cutthroat trout population, Yellowstone Lake’s only native trout, has been severely reduced by lake trout predation and other factors, including whirling disease and drought.

Ongoing efforts to eradicate lake trout include the addition of more gill netting boats and crews, finalization of research agreements to provide estimates of lake trout population size, and actions taken to disrupt spawning grounds around Carrington Island and other areas.

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Fisheries Conservation
Photo Credit: NPS

Project 2: Restoration of the Arctic Grayling, Westslope Cutthroat Trout and Slough Creek Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout

Yellowstone is still home to the last remaining stream dwelling Arctic Grayling and pure genetic strains of Yellowstone cutthroat trout. But current populations of these unique species are at an all-time low.

Park biologists have identified priority areas that will help restore and maintain native fish populations in several key tributaries: Grayling Creek, Goose Lake, and Slough Creek.

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Bear Boxes for Campgrounds

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Photo Credit: NPS

Funding Needed: $1,500 Per Box/$82,500 Annually

The installation of bear-proof food storage boxes in roadside campgrounds improves visitor safety, promotes the conservation of threatened grizzly bears, and enhances the visitor experience in Yellowstone. Over 1,200 sites still need bear boxes to meet the Park’s goal to provide a bear-proof food storage box in every campground site in the Park.

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Raptor Initiative

RaptorInitiative
Photo Credit: Tom Murphy

Funding Needed: $85,000 annually

This five-year program will focus on gauging the environmental effects on golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, Swainson’s hawks, kestrels, and prairie falcons, a group of species that have not been monitored previously.

$50 Provides fuel for a day of field work
$100 Provides an Interpretative Ranger program
$500 Provides support for a month of field work for student researchers

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Wolf Programs

Wolf Programs
Photo Credit: NPS

Funding Needed: $250,000 Annually

This project has received national acclaim, and pays for monitoring, equipment, short-term studies, and other wolf program needs. It also covers the costs that researchers incur when they capture and collar wolves, including vehicles and aerial monitoring.

$2,500 Supports winter/summer field studies on predation, pup survival, and monitoring aerial flights. $5,000 Supports Yellowstone’s wolf biologists’ efforts to collar wolves to gather genetic samples for testing and lab work.

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Wolf Field Education Project

WolfFieldEducation
Photo Credit: Matt Ludin

Funding Needed: $50,000 Annually

Protecting wolves, and safely managing over 25,000 visitors who attend formal field education programs is the goal of this project. Your support also helps prevent the wolves from becoming habituated to humans.

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Yellowstone Cougars

YellowstoneCougars
Photo Credit: Brad Orsted

Funding Needed: $50,000

Monitoring the dynamics of Yellowstone’s cougar population is a new project that can determine how predator diversity affects the ecosystem. This research will also help the Park collaborate with other wildlife managers in parks where many carnivores reside.

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American Pika

Eyes on Yellowstone
Photo Credit: Cindy Goeddel Photography

Funding Needed 2015: $8,000 (Funded 2014)

This new project will study the small member of the rabbit order, and its struggle to adapt to Yellowstone’s changing climate and habitat. Because of its vulnerability, it is being considered for listing on the Endangered Species Act. The study will develop a habitat model to uncover how weather changes may threaten this charismatic species.

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Wildlife Health Project

Wildlife Health
Photo Credit: Tom Murphy

Funding Needed: $100,000 Annually

Because infectious diseases are more frequently being shared between humans and wildlife, YPF started funding the Yellowstone Wildlife Health Program in 2007. This program has produced high-quality research, partly due to the development of a state-of-the-art diagnostic lab. Groundbreaking work in the lab has included identification of the brucellosis bacteria in bison and elk, and provided insight into whether a vaccination program would significantly reduce this infection. Further work is needed to develop a more comprehensive wildlife health program that would promote wildlife conservation and reduce disease risks to Park staff, visitors and local communities.

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Managing Bison Project

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Photo Credit: Matt Ludin

Funding Needed: $50,000

Managing wild bison migration outside Yellowstone is a pressing conservation challenge. This project will review land use and demographic trends in Yellowstone gateway communities to understand residents’ perspectives on bison in order to diffuse conflict.

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