Job: Technician/PhD student – study on nonlethal tools to reduce large carnivore predation on livestock in western states of the US

By Alex Few | December 18, 2020

Start Date: February or March 2021  Compensation: Annual stipend, tuition, and health insurance  Description: Utah State University is seeking a Ph.D. student to conduct research as part of a large, collaborative team awarded a USDA Conservation…

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Getting started with birding

It takes practice to get good at bird identification, but it’s never too late to start! The COVID-19 induced pause plus the start of spring creates the perfect opportunity to get into birding. Even if you can’t go anywhere that’s ok – there are birds right out your window. Here are some resources to help you learn!

A winter on the road in the working wild

Following Easter weekend, a traditional marker of the onset of spring (despite an Easter high of 27 degrees), I find myself with a moment of quiet, due to our current…

USDA Wildlife Services to Use $1.38M to Implement and Study Nonlethal Predation Management

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Greg Hertel and his airedale terriers

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Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance another option for small producers

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There is a new government program called the Paycheck Protection Program that is meant to help businesses keep employees on staff during the economic downturn caused by COVID-19. Alexis Bonogofsky of the Quivira Coalition participated in an informational webinar put on by an organization called Farm Commons that went over the details of how you can utilize the program. She summarizes that information in this post.

Changes to Conservation Stewardship Program you should know about

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Wyoming’s budget session generates new opportunities for the working wild

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How the COVID-19 relief package can help western landowners

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes specific provisions for critical sectors of the economy, with particular assistance for agricultural businesses and land managers. In the following, we lay out these provisions and, where appropriate, how to avail yourself of them.

A lens on the seasons on Lonetree Ranch

Hello from Southwest Wyoming! I would say it is my favorite time of year, but I think I say that at the change of each season. This past year we…

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