The Big Dry Arm Spring Storm in the Great Basin Red Cliffs Desert Tortoise Reserve March Morning on the Platte River After a Spring Storm in the Great Basin Hunting Upland Birds at Kingsbury Lake Waterfowl Production Area Sandhill Migration on the Platte River Badlands Sunrise The Green River at Ouray NWR North Park Lupines Moab Sunset
Mountain-Prairie Region
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  • Tiger salamanders sport an olive and black camouflage and live off of insects and worms. Photo Credit: Spencer Neuharth / USFWS
  • Northern Rockies Wolf Coordinator Mike Jimenez unloads four wolves from a helicopter. The wolves were loaded into the aircraft and flown a short distance to a location where a refuge field crew stood by with the collars and sampling equipment. Credit: Lori Iverson / USFWS
  • This lion is sedated while biologists take samples and collar it for a study on CMR NWR. Credit: USFWS
  • Saratoga Fish Hatchery biologist take samples of the toads natural habitat for analysis. Credit: USFWS
  • A wildlife biologist sets a reader over a prairie dog hole. If a black-footed ferret tagged with a microchip emerges from the hole, the reader will identify the individual. Credit: USFWS
  • National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center. Credit: Ryan Hagerty / USFWS

About the Science Program

Here in the Mountain-Prairie Region, we leverage the power of our landscape conservation cooperatives to apply strategic habitat conservation, in concert with our partners, through a transparent, peer-reviewed process that ensures the conservation we deliver represents the most-needed and most impactful investment of taxpayer dollars.

View the Code of Scientific and Scholarly Conduct

In order to meet 21st Century conservation challenges such as climate change, our business model strives to accomplish the right actions, in the right places, at the right times - all based on sound science. This landscape conservation framework has resulted in greater efficiencies amongst the conservation community and strengthened partnerships between the Service and other scientific and resource management organizations. It has also led to groundbreaking conservation successes, such as the preservation of millions of acres of intact habitats in areas including the Flint Hills of Kansas, the wetland complexes of the Dakotas, and the Rocky Mountain Front and Blackfoot River valley in Montana, while preserving the rich cultural and agricultural heritage of these landscapes.

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Nov 9-10, 2015: Sustaining Big Game Migrations in the West: Science, Policy, and People

Date: Nov 9, 2015 – Nov 10, 2015
Location: University of Wyoming – Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center, Laramie, Wyoming

Hosted by the Ruckelshaus Institute and the Wyoming Migration Initiative

The science of big game migration is developing quickly and we are now gaining a better understanding of corridor habitats, animal behavior, and herd-level benefits associated with mule deer, pronghorn, elk, and other migrations in Wyoming and the West. As animals migrate between distant seasonal ranges, they traverse myriad jurisdictions and land ownership types, requiring managers to coordinate their efforts amid a diverse regulatory and policy landscape. The result is tremendous complexity, but also an opportunity to learn and collaborate.

The forum will open with a half-day on November 9 to explore the science of long-distance big game migrations, from a global to local perspective. Day two will be about the intersection of people, policy, and wildlife migration. Through interactive panel discussions with outfitters, landowners, non-profits, state and federal agency leaders, and others, presenters and audience members will identify critical opportunities and gaps in public policy and private initiatives to further the management and conservation of big game migration in the West.

Read more on forum website


DOI Issues New Policy on Climate Change

A new DOI manual chapter provides guidance for addressing climate change impacts. The chapter provides guidance for addressing climate change impacts upon the Department's mission, programs, operations, and personnel. View DOI manual chapter on climate change policy

Excerpt from the policy: It is the policy of the Department to effectively and efficiently adapt to the challenges posed by climate change to its mission, programs, operations, and personnel. The Department will use the best available science to increase understanding of climate change impacts, inform decision making, and coordinate an appropriate response to impacts on land, water, wildlife, cultural and tribal resources, and other assets. The Department will integrate climate change adaptation strategies into its policies, planning, programs, and operations, including, but not limited to, park, refuge, and public land management; habitat restoration; conservation of species and ecosystems; services and support for tribes and Alaska Natives; protection and restoration of cultural, archeological and tribal resources; water management; scientific research and data collection; land acquisition; management of employees and volunteers; visitor services; construction; use authorizations; and facilities maintenance.


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Priority Species

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The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with Others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American People.
Last modified: October 29, 2015
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