25 for Wildlife: Connecting Landscapes and People

Our campaign goal is to raise $125,000 by February 25, 2018 (“125 by 2/25”), the official date of the 25th anniversary of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation.

25 for Wildlife: A Campaign Connecting Landscapes and People

In 25 years, we’ve now removed or improved enough fence to encircle Grand Teton National Park – over 190 miles. We’ve trained hundreds of citizen scientists to contribute more than 50,000 wildlife observations to our Nature Mapping Jackson Hole database. We’ve produced annually the most comprehensive report documenting wildlife deaths on Teton County highways. We’ve acted on our research by purchasing seven digital message signs and six fixed radar speed alerts that are used today throughout Jackson Hole to protect wildlife from collisions.

Now we’re reaching out, following the migrations of wildlife to preserve the corridors that ensure their survival. Our Wildlife Friendly Landscapes program, which combines Wildlife Friendlier Fencing and Nature Mapping Jackson Hole to connect neighboring communities, will empower local people to engage in on-the-ground wildlife conservation while ensuring that migrations endure for generations to come.

Can we count on you to help us grow our base? Our campaign goal is to raise $125,000 by February 25, 2018 (“125 by 2/25”). That date officially marks the 25th anniversary of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation. Since then, our grassroots have grown along with our impact. Now we’re eager to extend our reach for the good of wildlife, and we’re grateful to all who join us in realizing this vision.

Problem: Migration Barriers in the GYE
The array of wildlife present in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) today may not thrive in the future without signi­ficant planning and the engagement of those who reside in the region. Barriers to key large mammal migration corridors, such as fences, sever migration routes and vital “stopover” areas (where animals rest and forage along their migration routes), creating fragmented and isolated habitats that threaten long-term resilience for many species.

Solution: Connect Landscapes & People
Removing barriers within migration corridors, such as fences, can protect the integrity of vital movement corridors. By preserving large landscapes across jurisdictions, we not only protect iconic migratory wildlife, but we also support the survival of hundreds or thousands of other birds, mammals, amphibians and snakes, among other positive outcomes when improving large swaths of ethically-stewarded land.

Sustaining landscape-scale wildlife migration corridors requires many collaborators, and JHWF can facilitate partnerships at a local level. JHWF has a history of mobilizing local citizens and working collaboratively with agency partners, university researchers and landowners to remove barriers to wildlife movement. JHWF’s grassroots, volunteer-supported model and hands-on approach reflects our belief that enduring conservation emerges from an engaged and committed community. Through on-the-ground work removing fences, people become highly invested in conservation and naturally become ambassadors in their communities about the importance of wildlife migrations. As we connect large landscapes, we aim also to connect the people on those culture that ensures enduring stewardship.

JHWF is uniquely poised to take the next step of utilizing completed scientific research and migration data to strategically apply on-the ground conservation efforts. By replicating our model in other Northwest Wyoming communities, we can work collectively on a comprehensive scale to conserve migrations. Parallel with this effort, we will work with the same communities to implement appropriate wildlife-vehicle collision mitigation measures inspired by our Give Wildlife a Brake program. Hundreds or even thousands of animals are hit each year on highways that sever migration corridors and sometimes become impassable barriers. We will augment these tangible corridor enhancement solutions with citizen participation in the environment via Nature Mapping, our citizen science program. People become more aware of what surrounds them every day by recording their observations and interactions with wildlife, and when multiple communities within the GYE collect and share data on all species, our region can look to a broader knowledge base as it designs conservation actions consistent with a participatory land ethic.

There are many ways for you to join us in this conservation work – with your hands, your eyes and your voice. These wildlife conservation goals are appropriately ambitious given the wild legacy we’ve inherited. Can we count on you to support our strategic corridor work?

Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions for Teton County 1990-2015 All Species

Photos: Joe Riis. Wildlife, such as these pronghorn, face many challenges as they complete seasonal migrations. Our work empowers local communities to address these issues in a hands-on fashion.

We're growing our wildlife-friendly community!

We’ve already spread our wings to Dubois to expand Nature Mapping Jackson Hole by building a Mountain Bluebird nestbox trail. Is your community in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) next?

25 for Wildlife: What Your Gift Supports

A $50,000 Gift

Supports lead project personnel and materials to expand strategically Wildlife Friendly Landscapes program.

A $25,000 Gift

Supports Nature Mapping Jackson Hole program and database expansion to include connected communities.

A $15,000 Gift

Covers the costs of the MAPS and Mountain Bluebird banding research projects for one year.

A $10,000 Gift

Supports the purchase of a fixed radar violator alert sign to install at a critical wildlife migration crossing.

A $5,000 Gift

Supports JHWF staff time to train 100 or more Nature Mapping citizen scientists throughout the year.

A $3,500 Gift

Covers the costs of removing or improving one mile of fence to make it friendlier to wildlife movement.

A $225 Gift

Supports a winter “Give Wildlife a Brake” PSA campaign for three months.

A $50 Gift

Supports fence material purchases for a volunteer project in the field.

Photo Credits:

Henry Holdsworth
Mark Gocke
Steve Morriss
Sava Malachowski
Leine Stikkel
Tim Griffith
Jon Mobeck

Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation

330 N. Glenwood Street
Jackson, WY 83002
(307) 739-0968
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