2019 Winter Meeting in Sheridan, WY proves to be one of the best ever
WY WSF Winter Meeting continue to grow in quantity and quality. Wyoming Game and Fish Director Brian Nesvik addressed the attendees at the Friday evening social and took questions/answers for the better part of an hour. Thoughtful and sincere discussions focused on bighorn declines, disease, habitat and the functions of the Bighorn/Domestic Sheep Interactive Working Group.
Saturday morning tours were very educational. The WGFD Story Fish Hatchery is nationally renowned for its excellence in augmenting fisheries, especially golden trout. Weatherby’s tour was equally fascinating – what an amazing facility to have in Wyoming. If you haven’t been through the King’s Saddlery Museum, it is a must – a unknown jewel of Wyoming’s history.
Saturday afternoon’s presentations by wild sheep manager/researchers were some of the best – updates to Whiskey Basin research – pneumonia still persistent; “bugs 101” – pneumonia pathogens are complex; CWD – grim outlook for mule deer and maybe elk; Devil’s Canyon sheep – still doing well; Sheep Center – amazing outreach/educational efforts, Camp Bighorn a hit.
The meeting was capped off with Governor Mark Gordon and First Lady Jennie attending the banquet. Doug McWhirter, WGFD gave a most excellent presentation on “State of Wyoming’s Wild Sheep”. That was followed by an inspirational video of Camp Bighorn. Governor Gordon then wrapped things up with a short delivery about the importance of wildlife to Wyoming. The Governor and First Lady also socialized with numerous individuals after the banquet. We are so lucky to have them as leaders of our wildlife rich state – so wholesome and down-to-earth.
The winter meetings continue to grow, in many aspects, and we certainly hope you find time to attend next year.
The WY-WSF Board of Directors and members recently approved an additional $86,150 for wild sheep conservation at their winter meeting in Sheridan, Dec. 7, 2019. When combined with the summer meeting allocation, the WY-WSF has contributed over $137,000 in putting and keeping KIDS and WILD SHEEP on the mountain in 2019. Moreover, the national Wild Sheep Foundation contributed $28,500 to Wyoming wild sheep projects, and the Wyoming Governor’s Big Game License Coalition contributed $424,583. That’s a whopping $586,583 directed towards wild sheep conservation!! You should be proud! Review all WY-WSF projects at: Grant In Aid Page
78 Members attend the 2018 Winter Meeting in Lander
The WY-WSF Board of Directors and members recently approved an additional $77,000 for wild sheep conservation at their winter meeting in Lander, Dec. 1, 2018. When combined with the summer meeting allocation, the WY-WSF has contributed over $142,000 in putting and keeping KIDS and WILD SHEEP on the mountain in 2018. Moreover, the national Wild Sheep Foundation contributed $28,500 to Wyoming wild sheep projects, and the Wyoming Governor’s Big Game License Coalition contributed $243,767. That’s a whopping $414,717 directed towards wild sheep conservation!! You should be proud! Review all WY-WSF projects at: Grant In Aid Page
Other winter meeting activities included a great field trip to Washakie Reservoir on the Wind River Indian Reservation, where Pat Hnilicka reviewed historic and recent wild sheep management activities. Many of the recent management actions, i.e. disease sampling and radio collaring, have been funded by WY-WSF.
WY-WSF Treasurer , Joni Miller, joined forces with local physician Dr. Gee and National Outdoor Leadership School instructors to provide an afternoon workshop on outdoor medicine/first aid and survival. Attendees rotated through 3 stations; wilderness medicine, wilderness clothing/hypothermia; wilderness communications. The workshop received overwhelming reviews and we will try to repeat and expand it at our summer meeting in Casper, June 1, 2019.
The winter meetings are simply getting more informative and fun, and attendance is up – about 100 folks the last two years. Please consider checking out next year’s event. Put it on your calendar for Dec. 7, 2019, location to be announced.
For Meeting minutes visit: 2018 Winter Meeting Minutes
2017 Winter Meeting Concluded in Jackson Hole
Photos and video are provided courtesy of Josh Metten, Jackson Hole Ecotour Adventures.
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Over 60 loyal Wyoming Wild Sheep fanatics attended the 2017 meeting in Jackson Hole.
Highlights included approving a total of $52,500 to fund 7 grant in aids, a terrific tram ride
in Teton Village to view the Darby herd, a tour of the Jackson herd on the National Elk Refuge
and a tasty dinner banquet at the 49er.
For Meeting minutes visit: 2017 Winter Meeting Minutes