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Science is the foundation upon which conservation decisions are made. Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge uses research, monitoring and the best-available science to inform its work to conserve fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitat.

  • Black-footed Ferret Recovery

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    Since 1994, CMR has been involved in the recovery of the black-footed ferret, one of the most endangered mammals in North America.  

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  • Mountain Lion Study

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    CMR, along with several partners, is helping conduct a research project to better understand mountain lion ecology on the Refuge and surrounding areas.

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  • Sentinel Plants Study

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    Sentinel plants are the first to vanish when ecological processes are out of balance. CMR has been monitoring these important plant species since 2003. 

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  • Bird Survey

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    Even though CMR has been designated an Important Bird Area, there has never been a comprehensive inventory of bird species that use the Refuge. CMR staff are initiating a study to determine the distribution and abundance of bird species that use the Refuge throughout the year.  

  • Monitoring


    Monitoring helps ensure that CMR is meeting wildlife and habitat objectives on the Refuge.

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