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Sustaining Big Game Migrations in the West

Science, Policy, and People

Sustaining Big Game Migrations in the West: Science, Policy, People, 2015

An Emerging Issues Forum

Hosted by the Ruckelshaus Institute and the Wyoming Migration Initiative

The science of big game migration is developing quickly and we are now gaining a better understanding of corridor habitats, animal behavior, and herd-level benefits associated with mule deer, pronghorn, elk, and other migrations in Wyoming and the West. As animals migrate between distant seasonal ranges, they traverse myriad jurisdictions and land ownership types, requiring managers to coordinate their efforts amid a diverse regulatory and policy landscape. The result is tremendous complexity, but also an opportunity to learn and collaborate.

The forum will open with a half-day on November 9 to explore the science of long-distance big game migrations, from a global to local perspective. Day two will be about the intersection of people, policy, and wildlife migration. Through interactive panel discussions with outfitters, landowners, non-profits, state and federal agency leaders, and others, presenters and audience members will identify critical opportunities and gaps in public policy and private initiatives to further the management and conservation of big game migration in the West.

Be part of the conversation.

November 9 (1-5pm) and November 10 (8am-5pm), 2015
University of Wyoming Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center
222 S 22nd St
Laramie, Wyoming


Click here to view the draft forum agenda.


Day 1 Plenary "Why Care About Migration" by Robert Bonnie

Day 2 Plenary "The Multi-Jurisdictional Nature of Long-Distance Migrations" by Jim Lyons


Registration is closed, but contact us if you would like to be placed on a waitlist.


Rooms are available for forum participants at the Hilton Garden Inn at a reduced rate of $99 per night.  Please make your reservation by October 25th to guarantee rate and availability.

Hilton Garden Inn
2229 Grand Ave
Laramie, WY 82070


Area Information

Planning your trip to Laramie, WY.

For questions, contact Nyla Hurley, special events coordinator 307-766-5080.


Sustaining Big Game Migrations in the West: Science, Policy, People -- Wyoming Migration Initiative Sustaining Big Game Migrations in the West: Science, Policy, People -- Ruckelshaus Institute


Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact us.

Knobloch Family Foundation logo

         George B. Storer Foundation logo                       U.S. Geological Survey logo

Center for Large Landscape Conservation, Migration Forum, 2015
     Laramie Rivers Conservation District, Migration Forum, 2015                                  Muley Fanatic Foundation Logo

The Nature Conservancy logo

                Western Ecosystems Technology, Inc. logo

The Pew Charitable Trusts logo

Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center logo           Wyoming Outdoor Council logo Mule Deer Foundation logo


Walton Family Foundation logo


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Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Bim Kendall House

804 E Fremont St

Laramie, WY 82072

Phone: (307) 766-5080

Fax: (307) 766-5099


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