Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Wyoming
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Wyoming Project

Wyoming Migration Initiative

July 2012 - December 2024


Participating Agencies

  • Foundation for North American Wild Sheep
  • Community Foundation of Jackson Hole
  • Wyoming Department of Transportation (WY-DOT)
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • McKnight Foundation
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • University of Wyoming
  • Knobloch Foundation
  • Knobloch Family Foundation
  • Wyoming Wildlife: The Foundation
  • Storer Foundation
  • Muley Fanatic Foundation - Commissioner's Tag
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Crowdfunding (UW Foundation)
  • Muley Fanatic Foundation
  • Wyoming Community Foundation
  • WY-WSF - Commissioner's Tag
  • Wyoming Game and Fish Department
  • US Forest Service
  • Private Sponsor
  • Wyoming Game and Fish
  • Wyoming Game & Fish Department Commissioner's Tag
  • Private Sponsors
  • University of Wyoming - Berry Biodiversity Center
  • Various
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Mule Deer crossing highway

Wyoming's ungulate migrations, like the vast landscapes on which they occur, are a vital part of the state's cultural heritage. But corridors are facing new and ongoing threats, and their conservation is constrained by a still-incomplete understanding of migration ecology and by misconceptions among public stakeholders. In 2012, we created the Wyoming Migration Initiative (WMI) to enhance our research program, translate our research into actionable conservation tools, and expand our education and outreach to public and agency cooperators. The WMI has a broad goal of understanding and conserving ungulate migration routes through 1) migration research, 2) the development of conservation tools, 3) and public outreach and education. We conduct this work in collaboration with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in addition to a wide variety of other state and federal partners and conservation groups. Current research is focused on mapping undocumented corridors and studying the benefits and challenges of long-distance migration. Our work on conservation tools focuses on creating a powerful archive of corridor data that can guide on-the-ground conservation and policy. Our outreach and education programs continue to tell the story of migration to a broad audience, focusing on "live" tracking of migrations, compelling new videos, storytelling, and resources for K-12 instructors.

Technical Publications Publication Date
2012 Progress Report - WY Migration Initiative (6.13) June 2013