Amazing night banding Northern saw-whet owls followed by a day of camaraderie, tour of river restoration project, member recognition, great food and a fascinating presentation on burrowing owls.
Read more about it here.
This year two special awards in recognition of outstanding service were given to members of the Wyoming Naturalist Program at the meeting.
The Wyoming Stewardship Award recognizes a Wyoming Naturalist whose volunteer service has had a real impact on conservation in Wyoming, above and beyond the requirements of the Wyoming Natu-ralist Program.
Kathy hails from Clark, WY, and is a member of the 2021 Wyoming Naturalists cohort. Besides her active participation in the Naturalist Program, Kathy has served as a board member of the WY Outdoor Council, and the Governor’s Taskforce on Migration, and currently serves on boards of the Nature Conservancy, Absaroka Fence Initiative and Shoot Like a Woman. She participates in numerous community science projects, teaches classes about nature, nature photography, nature journaling and writing for both children and adults, and administers multiple social me-dia campaigns for non-profit organizations, including the Wyoming Natu-ralist Program. In addition, she is the creator and host of the podcast Natural Herstory, which features stories of women’s connections to the natural world. She has also taken on the much of the work of organizing the 2023 annual meeting of the Wyoming Native Plant Society, which will be held in Clark June 16-18, and to which you are all invited. Kathy is involved in many more activities than are mentioned here.
The Sagebrush Sheepmoth Award, recognizes service to the Wyoming Naturalist Program. This program relies on the efforts of WNP members, to maintain, improve, and expand the program across the state. We would like to thank all of you who stepped up for the Wyoming Naturalist Program, by organizing fieldtrips, teaching classes, and otherwise supporting the program. We couldn’t do this without you.
Jennie lives in Laramie and is a member of the 2022 cohort of WY naturalists. She spent her childhood roaming the foothills north of Boulder, Colorado, where one of her earliest projects was documenting the movements and number of deer in the herds around her childhood home. Jennie received a degree in Agricultural Communications from the University of Wyoming. After a mid-life career change, she obtained another degree in Education from the same institution and a Masters degree from Walden University. Jennie taught high school science in Laramie for many years and is now retired.
The Wyoming Naturalist Program steering committee nominated Jennie for the Sagebrush Sheepmoth Award for volunteering to serve on the committee. Her input with a participant’s perspective has been helpful as we seek to improve the basic training and con-template the future of the program.
by Moe Carins, WY Certified Naturalist
On August 27, 2022, Wyoming Naturalist steering committee mem-bers Dan Bach and Dorothy Tuthill, led a volunteer archeological training survey and recording of a tipi ring in Glendo State Park. Our team of six recorded and drew precise ring rock locations, flagged surrounding bits of flint, took soil samples, and prepared a site plant inventory.
Wyoming State Parks Archeologist, Dan Bach, selected a tipi ring to record that was originally documented by Dr. William Mulloy, the first University of Wyoming professor of archaeology. Dr. Mulloy also recorded the 1st archaeological sites in Platte County with his focus on Plains Archaeology. The area now known as Glendo State Park contained 39 sites. The site we recorded contained 170+ tipi rings. We revisited and mapped tipi ring #34.
This particular ring was probably the better part of 2,000 years old, and on the small side at 12’ to 14’ in diameter. Dr. Mulloy’s article references tipi ring dimensions varying from 7’ to 30’ in diameter. Some tipi ring trivia: Archeologists can estimate the ring’s age based on its size. Vertical poles that held early tipis were likely transported by dogs. The rocks were used to hold the hide to the ground. Following the introduction of horses, rings grew in size because the horses could carry longer poles.
With the assistance of graduate students and Wyoming Naturalists, Dan hopes to map as many of the remaining 170 Mulloy tipi rings as possible. Some will have been buried or dismantled, with some rocks being used to create campers’ fire rings.
Please contact Dan Bach if you’d like to earn some volunteer hours documenting tipi rings. If you are interested in helping at Glendo State Park Saturday Oct. 15, or Oct. 16th or possibly Oct. 29 or 30th please fill out this form.
Know someone who might be a great WNP member? Let them know that the 2023 class of WNP opens on October 18! Tell them they can get on the waitlist or learn more at
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