The Early Botanist gets the Snow – Rachel Renne

What a thrill it is to be back in Wyoming! I arrived in Laramie two weeks ago, shyly crept my Connecticut license plates onto a side street, and dashed off into the field—that is, the sagebrush steppe of southwest Wyoming. Three hours west of Laramie, we turned off the interstate onto highway 191 north. When Read more about The Early Botanist gets the Snow – Rachel Renne[…]

Gyrfalcon Attacks Helicopter! – Adam Eichenwald

Remember how I said a few posts ago that you don’t want to mess with a female gyrfalcon? Yeah, well one of the female falcons here is absolutely psychotic. When the Peregrine Fund field technicians were doing an aerial survey, she actually flew out and dive-bombed the helicopter. They had to do some quick aerial Read more about Gyrfalcon Attacks Helicopter! – Adam Eichenwald[…]

The Batman Effect – Adam Eichenwald

Fun fact: a gyrfalcon flying at 200 mph hits HARD. Plus, it likes to pluck the feathers from birds it kills. So in the spots where a gyrfalcon has attacked, it looks like a bird exploded. Exhibit A: this picture of me taking a GPS point at what I will now refer to as a Read more about The Batman Effect – Adam Eichenwald[…]

Fox Time – Adam Eichenwald

I interrupt my own blog posts to bring you this special news bulletin: yesterday I made a fox poop itself in fear. I was collecting data near a dirt road and watched, bemused, as a red fox came jogging up the path toward me. I had my camera and started snapping pictures. “Wow, it’s so Read more about Fox Time – Adam Eichenwald[…]

The Science of Snowmelt: An Interactive Story Map – Taylor Ganz

Check out this interactive story map about the exciting research done by Taylor Ganz, 2016 Western Research Fellow and graduating MESc student from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She traveled to the high peaks of the Wind River Range, WY to study how air pollution is stored in snowmelt and delivered to Read more about The Science of Snowmelt: An Interactive Story Map – Taylor Ganz[…]

Midnight Musings in the Land of the Midnight Sun – Adam Eichenwald

So I’ve been trying to think of a way to start these posts off, like a signature of some kind. Considered doing a different variation of “hello from the edge!” every time, but that would probably get old quickly. Guess I’ll just have to come up with a new gimmick. Maybe next time I’ll just Read more about Midnight Musings in the Land of the Midnight Sun – Adam Eichenwald[…]

Announcing the 2017 Western Research Fellows

We’re pleased to announce eleven recipients of this year’s Western Research Fellowship. Topics span the range of issues affecting land management in the west from sustainable grazing wtih Bison, to predator-prey interactions, to invasive species, to grazing issues on public lands.Stay tuned for more updates on our blog this summer as students hit the field Read more about Announcing the 2017 Western Research Fellows[…]

The edge of the world – Adam Eichenwald

Hello from the edge! After a wonderful marathon of sleep, I am finally set up at base camp in Alaska and working out the kinks in my research. I’m incredibly far up north, to the point where the sun doesn’t set until after 11pm and gets up around 6am – and this is months before Read more about The edge of the world – Adam Eichenwald[…]

Alaska Bound – Adam Eichenwald

I’m sitting in the Seattle airport waiting for my next flight, which is in 6 hours. It’s late, I’m sleep deprived, and frankly a little bored. So I figured I’d start working on my small section of the Internet to scribble the vague thoughts that pop into my head, discuss what it’s like to perform Read more about Alaska Bound – Adam Eichenwald[…]

Summer Fellowship Opportunity with TNC and Ucross

A Partnership between the Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative and The Nature Conservancy, Wyoming Chapter for a Summer Fellowship TNC and Ucross staff at the headwaters of the Popo Agie Watershed Project: Investigate the feasibility of a developing a scenario analysis tool for the Popo Agie Watershed that would highlight the potential tradeoffs between the Read more about Summer Fellowship Opportunity with TNC and Ucross[…]

Western Research Fellowship – Apply Now

Are you planning research in the mountain west this summer? We should talk. There are lots of ways to fund your summer research, but none like this. Proposed research can be independent or as part of an existing internship experience and products could include scientific or popular publications, technical reports, or even a business plan. Read more about Western Research Fellowship – Apply Now[…]

Curiosity and Trust – Josh Morse

At the end of the day, I’m an introvert. Perhaps predictably, as I was gearing up to begin this summer’s exceedingly interpersonal field season a few months ago, I found myself getting anxious. I am quite by nature, a New Englander, a liberal, and someone more comfortable with banding birds than branding cattle. A core Read more about Curiosity and Trust – Josh Morse[…]

Sampling Soil across Wyoming Landscapes – Dan Kane

Thirteen days and nearly 600 soil samples later, we’re back from our last trip to Wyoming. The trip was a huge success! We started at Ten Sleep Preserve, where I left off earlier in July, taking three days there to sample an area of the preserve that is still grazed by cattle. I was struck Read more about Sampling Soil across Wyoming Landscapes – Dan Kane[…]