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Sage Grouse Conservation in Jackson Hole

Topic of Seminar at AMK Ranch Aug. 20

August 13, 2015 — Sage grouse habitat and conservation efforts in the Jackson Hole area are the topic of the final weekly Harlow Summer Seminars Thursday, Aug. 20, at the UW-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Center. The center is located at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

John Stephenson, Grand Teton National Park wildlife biologist, will present “Greater Sage Grouse Conservation in Jackson Hole” at 6:30 p.m. at the AMK Ranch, located north of Leeks Marina. A barbecue, at a cost of $5 per person, will take place at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are not required. For more information, call the UW-NPS Research Center at (307) 543-2463.

Sage grouse have increasingly been in the news because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to make a decision by late September on listing the species under the Endangered Species Act.

Jackson Hole is home to a small, isolated population of sage grouse, which faces serious, but different threats than the rest of the state, Stephenson says. Despite large tracts of protected public lands, the local sage grouse population declined considerably from historic highs recorded in the late 1940s before rebounding in the last 15 years.

“Concerns for the Jackson Hole sage grouse population include its isolation and the presence of a major airport in the heart of its range,” he says.

The presentation features the history and status of sage grouse conservation in the valley and ongoing collaborative efforts to protect and preserve the species. Discussion will focus on the development and eventual implementation of a wildlife hazard management plan in cooperation with the Jackson Hole Airport.

Stephenson has worked on a variety of wildlife subjects in the park since 2008, including a bighorn sheep genetics study, a wolf predation study and avian productivity monitoring. He has been a member of the Upper Snake River Basin Sage Grouse Working Group since 2012. Stephenson graduated from Middlebury College (1998) with a degree in biology and received an M.S. degree (2008) from the University of Idaho.

Saturday August 15 please join the Alliance for Historic Wyoming as they present the Unbarred Tour of Historic AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park


Berol Lodge


LARAMIE, Wyo. (July 29, 2015) – The Alliance for Historic Wyoming (AHW) will be hosting a tour of Grand Teton National Park’s historic AMK Ranch on the banks of Jackson Lake.  The event is being sponsored by Dubbe Moulder Architects, Ward and Blake Architects, and Humstone Consulting. 

 “The beautiful setting and architecture of the AMK Ranch represents the history of Teton County,” says AHW Executive Director Carly-Ann Anderson.  “It encompasses everything from homesteading and trapping, to tourism and recreation, and now, of course, the University of Wyoming and National Park Service stories.” 

The event is called “Pencil Us In: Unbarred at the AMK Ranch.” The title refers to Alfred Berol, president of the Eagle Pencil Company, who enjoyed vacationing with his family on the shores of Jackson Lake at the ranch.  One of the lodges features several pencil motifs as a nod to his fortune. Stunning views and significant rustic log architecture make this former vacation property one of a kind.

The public is invited to this event which is part of AHW’s Unbarred program, offering unique, inside looks at properties and landscapes usually inaccessible to the general public. The event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., Saturday, August 15 at the AMK, located on AMK Ranch Road adjacent to Leek’s Marina, off of John D. Rockefeller Parkway in Grand Teton National Park. There is a suggested donation of $25.

The day will begin with a lunch provided by the Research Station, followed by a tour of the National Register of Historic Places-listed property led by University of Wyoming and Alliance for Historic Wyoming experts. The tour will feature the AMK’s historic buildings and landscape, in the context of historic preservation.

For more information and directions, please call 307-333-3508 or visit www.HistoricWyoming.org.

The AMK Ranch sits on a peninsula between Jackson Lake and Sargents Bay, named for John Sargeant who first homesteaded the peninsula in 1890. He used his homestead for ranching and tourism, offering boating and camping trips. In 1926, William Lewis Johnson bought the property and used it as a summer retreat and hunting and fishing camp. Alfred Berol bought the property in 1936 and constructed what is now known as the Berol Lodge in 1938. His fortune with the Eagle Pencil Company inspired him to decorate the cabin with pencil motifs. Berol’s death in 1974 resulted in the sale of the property by his son Kenneth to Grand Teton National Park in 1976. It has served as the University of Wyoming-National Park Service Research Station since 1978. The continued use of the ranch has kept the many cabins and lodges a living part of the region’s and state’s heritages.

The Alliance for Historic Wyoming is Wyoming’s statewide historic preservation nonprofit dedicated to protecting our historic and cultural resources in both the built and natural environments. To learn more, log on to HistoricWyoming.org.


Jackson Hole Student to Present Bee Research at AMK Ranch Aug. 13

Mary Centrella

August 7, 2015 — A Jackson Hole High School and University of Wyoming graduate will discuss her bee research during the weekly Harlow Summer Seminars Thursday, Aug. 13, at the UW-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Center. The center is located at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

Mary Centrella will present “Reading BEE-tween the lines: Honey bees, colony collapse disorder, and the importance of wild bees to agriculture” at 6:30 p.m. at the AMK Ranch, located north of Leeks Marina. A barbecue, at a cost of $5 per person, will take place at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are not required. For more information, call the UW-NPS Research Center at (307) 543-2463.

Centrella, a Cornell University doctoral candidate who received her zoology degree from UW and was a 2011 Goldwater Scholarship recipient, says the world relies on bees to pollinate 35 percent of global crops, yet scientists are still learning how to keep bees healthy. In 2009, American honeybee keepers reported colony losses as high as 90 percent.

In her talk, Centrella will discuss the phenomenon known as “Colony Collapse Disorder,” and factors that drive it, including habitat loss, pesticide use, inadequate floral resources and bee management. She will explain how scientists, bee keepers and crop growers are grappling with this multifaceted problem, including solutions that have already been adopted.

In the second part of the talk, Centrella will briefly introduce the biology of the more than 20,000 species of wild bees, their importance to agriculture and her ongoing research on wild bees in Cornell’s laboratories in New York. The latest research that offers solutions to preserve both honeybees and wild bees and the crops they pollinate also will be discussed.

Centrella, who was named one of the UW College of Arts and Sciences’ top graduates in 2013, spent a summer working at the AMK research center as a member of the maintenance staff. At Cornell, she works in the Danforth and Poveda labs in the Department of Entomology. She researches the health of wild bees across agricultural landscapes, and her thesis asks how pesticides and floral diet affect mason bees in New York’s apple orchards.

The UW-NPS Research Center provides a base for university faculty members and government scientists from throughout North America to conduct research in the diverse aquatic and terrestrial environments of Grand Teton National Park and the greater Yellowstone area.


University of Wyoming – National Park Service Harlow Summer Seminars at the AMK Ranch

June 18th Mark Elbroch of Pantera's Teton Cougar Project is talking about Altruism in mountain lions.

June 25 Diana Miller of Wyoming Game and Fish Department (Jackson) will talk about the history of fisheries management in the western US with notes on the Hoback River and Jackson Lake.

July 2 Tom Serfass and Kelly Pearce, Frostburg State University and University of Maryland; River otters as flagships for aquatic conservation: Why this approach doesn't fit the North American model of wildlife conservation.

July 9  Joe Riis, National Geographic; Invisible Boundaries,: The Greater Yellowstone elk migration project

July 16  Hank Harlow; University of Wyoming; Biomimicry, what we can learn from animal living in stressful enfiroments: Lions, dragons abears and other critters

July 23 Bob Smith, University of Utah; Immense magma reserviour discovered beneath Yellowstone extending well beyond its caldera

July 30 Sarah Benson-Amram, University of Wyoming; The evolution of problem-solving abilities in carnivores: From badgers and bears to snow leopards and spotted hyenas

August 6 Tanja A. Borzel, Freie Universitat, Berlin; On leaders and laggards in environmental governance and management; The case of the European Union

August 13 Mary Central, Cornell University and Jackson, WY; Reading BEE-tween the lines: Honey bees, colony collapse disorder, and the importance of wild bees to agriculture


August 20 John Stephenson, Grand Teton National Park; Greater Sage-Grouse conservation in Jackson Hole

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The Station is open!

The station is open and the word is out.  We have classes (Like Michael Leite's class above) on their way and ready to explore the Greater Yellowstone Area.  Classes, Conferences, Seminars and Interns... it is a busy place this year.  Look for the seminar schedules soon.

Welcome

Harold Bergman and crew would like to welcome you to the UW-NPS research station located beside Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park. The station is a perfect place to base for your research in the Greater Yellowstone Area.

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AMK Historic Preservation Guide now available online

Mary Humstone (University of Wyoming) wrote in in-depth preservation guide for the historic structures at the AMK. The guide is based on inspections and research conducted as part of an American Studies field course during summer 2011, under the guidance of log building expert Harrison Goodall. The guide identifies preservation concerns with the property's sixteen historic buildings and offers well researched recommendations.  It also has some great historic photos of some of the AMK structures, including John Sargent's cabin (which is no longer standing) and the Johnson Lodge under construction.  The recommendations are valuable to log restoration experts in the Rocky Mountains.  Thanks, Mary!  To read the publication please click here!

2015 Small Grants RFP

Congratulations to the Researchers who were awarded the small grants for 2015.  This year we had 31 great proposals submitted from across America with research from soundscapes to historic preservation.  It was a tough time deciding how to allocate our funds.  Thanks to all who submitted and good luck with your 2015 research season.  For more information see our research page.

UW-NPS a Cooperative Effort

The University of Wyoming-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Center is a cooperative effort between the University of Wyoming and the National Park Service. Headquartered on the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie, the research center was established to foster research in National Parks in the Rocky Mountain Region. In addition, the center operates a field research station at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park which is open from mid-May through mid-October.

The primary function of the Research Station is to promote excellence in research by furnishing housing, laboratory space, transportation, equipment and financial support to enable investigators in the biological, physical and social sciences to access the rich and diverse environments of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, Bridger-Teton and Targhee National Forest and the Gros Vente and Teton Wilderness Areas.

The research station is currently open for researchers. Additionally we will be hosting our popular seminar series starting in June please visit our News page for more information.

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Jackson Hole Student to Present Bee Research at AMK Ranch Aug. 13

August 7, 2015 — A Jackson Hole High School and University of Wyoming graduate will discuss her bee research during the weekly Harlow Summer Seminars Thursday, Aug. 13, at the UW-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Center. The center is located at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

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Sage Grouse Conservation in Jackson Hole

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Sage grouse habitats near the Jackson Hole Airport and in the valley are among topics of discussion at the final weekly Harlow Summer Seminars Thursday, Aug. 20, at the University of Wyoming-National Park Service Research Center. (Craighead Beringia South Photo)

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