World Rhino Day

World Rhino Day
Today is World Rhino Day, and at Round River we are reflecting on the work we have done over the years with our Namibia Student Program assisting groups such as Save the Rhino Trust.  We hope that our efforts in monitoring rhinos, developing habitat use models and ground-truthing those models, alongside the work of several other organizations and individuals will ensure a future for rhinos and their habitat.  Please help us and our partners by read more →

Round River Alumni Photo Contest

Alumni, send us your best shots!   As a student on our program, you have the opportunity to experience vast, wild places, encounter wildlife, and interact with the local people. In our first official Photo Contest, we would like to see your best photos – those that capture the spirit of a Round River program, as well as the places and people with whom we work.   Submit your entries for four categories: 1) Wild landscapes 2) Natural History 3) Students in action 4) Camp life All photos read more →

Guest Post by Dr. Jeff Nichols

Dr. Nichols visited our program on the Taku this summer as part of a growing relationship between Round River and Westminster College.  We were honored to have him with us, and look forward to more visits by Jeff and his colleagues to all of our programs in the future.   Learning on the Taku with Round River I just returned from a week’s site visit to Round River Conservation Studies’ Taku Summer Program. Westminster College recently partnered with read more →

Mobile science – Wolverine research brings together unlikely groups

By Sarah Jane Keller Missoula News/Independent Publishing Three months ago at a trailhead in eastern Idaho’s Centennial Mountains, wolverine research technician Kyle Crapster eyed two snowmobilers from across the parking lot as they pulled avalanche safety gear from a sticker-emblazoned truck. He suspected they were heading for the steep, open slopes that help make this area west of Yellowstone National Park, known as Island Park, an international snowmobiling destination. Wolverines share the snowmobilers’ affinity for isolated alpine terrain with deep snow, and Crapster was part of a research team tracking the movements of both to learn if the traffic impacts the animals. He approached the two men to ask them to take a GPS along on their ride. One of them noticed his clipboard and cut him off before he could start: “I’m not carrying one.” Fortunately, such rejections are rare. About 90 percent of snowmobilers and skiers approached have taken the GPS units into the mountains. Since 2010, researchers have collected roughly 10,000 GPS tracks in the area. They’ve fitted 23 wolverines with radio-collars in those areas, including two in the Centennials. Eventually, they’ll compare the two datasets to see if the presence of people affects how the animals behave, reproduce and where they choose to live—things that could ultimately affect their survival. Wolverines are scrappy scavengers, generally weighing between 20 and 60 pounds, with stout legs, snowshoe-like paws and sharp claws that equip them for travel near the treeline. When a three- to four-foot dump overwhelmed the researchers’ snowmobiles… read more →

The Idea of Public Land Means Nothing to Utah County Commissioner

Editorial by Doug Peacock, Round River Board Chairman A month after tangling with Cliven Bundy, the BLM confronts a Utah county commissioner planning an ATV rally in a canyon full of archeological significance. Edward Abbey first introduced me to the canyons and mesas of Southeastern Utah 40 years ago. Soon thereafter, Recapture Canyon became my favorite place to visit the beauty of this country and pay my respects to the ancients who lived in this homeland thousands of years before European settlement. About 25 years ago, I started taking my small children down here, to a place the kids called “the lost city,” because there was a 1,000-year old Anasazi pueblo without significant signs of looting or pot hunting. I have taken many children there since, along with family and the people I love most in the world. Recapture Canyon is that special—I’ve taken probably 40 trips there, sometimes with an overnight camp. On each of these privileged descents into Recapture, we walked and climbed down. We never used a vehicle or ATV. This magic land so loved by children is only a handful of miles southeast of Blanding, Utah, in San Juan County. This is exactly where a San Juan County commissioner plans on leading an illegal ATV “protest” ride down and through Recapture Canyon on May 8, 2014. The road they propose (we’ve witnessed illegal ATV use of the canyon throughout the past decade) would be 14.3 miles long and accessed from four trailheads. One immediate consequence of… read more →
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