President’s Message

Summer 2017
Message from the President, Holly Copeland

Welcome to your WY-TWS summer newsletter! Perhaps you noticed that this spring we introduced a new newsletter format. We hope that you found the stories worthwhile and the new format compelling. As always, we appreciate feedback, as well as story suggestions for upcoming newsletters.

Ben Wise is putting together a stellar lineup of speakers and workshops for the upcoming WY-TWS meeting December 5th through 7th in Jackson. Don’t forget to mark your calendars and look for an announcement inviting talks and posters later this summer.

Wyoming is waking up from a long winter that was especially tough on wildlife, but hopeful signs of nature rebounding are everywhere. Last night travelling across South Pass, we passed numerous pregnant pronghorn looking particularly uncomfortable and ready to give birth any minute.

While nature resumes the cycles of birth this spring, many dedicated people are working hard to give wildlife the best possible chance to survive. I’m especially enthusiastic about the emerging collaborative efforts between the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Wyoming Department of Transportation, and numerous NGOs to tackle the devastating impacts of wildlife-vehicle collisions on both wildlife and people. This is just one example of coming together to solve problems. I know that there are many more stories out there, so send us your collaborative conservation stories ( Or, just tell us what you are working on — and where. Tonight, I’ll be out searching for Short-eared Owls as a participant in a new SEOW citizen science study. Where will you be?

Holly Copeland is a conservation scientist and spatial ecologist with The Nature Conservancy, Wyoming Chapter. Her research has focused on a range of Western conservation issues, such as ungulate migration, forecasting impacts of development on wildlife, and evaluating wetland and riparian health.