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Wildlife, Wonders & Wilderness

Wildlife, Wonders & Wilderness

The Yellowstone Park Foundation supports projects relating to wildlife, geology, science, ecosystem, and education to preserve Yellowstone's natural resources.


Peregrine Falcon and Trumpeter Swan Monitoring

Peregrine Falcon and Trumpeter Swan Monitoring
Photo Credit: Tom Murphy

Yellowstone plays an important role in the conservation of peregrine falcons and trumpeter swans. Both species faced extinction during the last century, and conservation efforts focused on small populations that remained in the Park. In recent years, Yellowstone's peregrine falcon population has flourished, while its trumpeter swan population has dwindled. Wildlife managers have not had enough information to determine why one bird species recovered, while the other faces a graver situation. Funding for a three-year research project was used to monitor the Park's populations of both birds and map nesting sites. Bird experts gathered comprehensive data on the birds' habitat and analyzed feather samples for potential environmental contaminants.

Read more about falcons, trumpeter swans, and this important study.


Grizzly Bear-Moth Study

Grizzly Bear-Moth Study
Photo Credit: NPS

Habitat and seasonal food availability are key to grizzly bear conservation in Yellowstone’s ecosystem. During summer and fall, army cutworm moths are the highest source of digestible energy available to grizzlies, providing up to 47 percent of its annual energy budget in a 30-day period. However, pesticides and loss of agricultural lands on which the army cutworm moths feed may greatly reduce the number of moths. Research shows that lower grizzly bear mortality and reduced grizzly/human encounters occur during years of abundant fall food sources. To draw a significant correlation, the Yellowstone Park Foundation funded a Park project to help predict the availability of army cutworm moths. The data informs programs to reduce conflicts between bears and humans and reduce grizzly bear mortality.

Learn more about bears in Yellowstone


Wolverine Conservation Study

Wolverine Study

Until recently, very little has been known throughout the Rocky Mountains about wolverines. Specifically, wildlife biologists and land managers did not have a clear understanding of the species' habitat needs, behavior, or population numbers. However, they do believe that the wolverine may soon receive special conservation status. Funds raised for this project supported a five-year field study focused on evaluating wolverine status, ecology, and behavior in the Absaroka Mountain Range. Through this project, study collaboration will continue between multiple government agencies and conservation organizations. Public education regarding wolverine conservation will continue through Park outreach and publications.

Learn more about the study of wolverines in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem (PDF)


Raptor Initiative

Photo Credit: Tom Murphy

Funding Needed: $85,000 annually (Funded)

This five-year program will focus on gauging the environmental effects on golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, Swainson’s hawks, kestrels, and prairie falcons, a group of species that have not been monitored previously.

$50 Provides fuel for a day of field work
$100 Provides an Interpretative Ranger program
$500 Provides support for a month of field work for student researchers



American Pika

Eyes on Yellowstone
Photo Credit: Cindy Goeddel Photography

Funding Needed 2015: $8,000 (Funded)

This new project will study the small member of the rabbit order, and its struggle to adapt to Yellowstone’s changing climate and habitat. Because of its vulnerability, it is being considered for listing on the Endangered Species Act. The study will develop a habitat model to uncover how weather changes may threaten this charismatic species.