Prairie dog habitat restoration is more important than you would guess. Prairie dogs influence more than 120 other species, and American Prairie Reserve works hard to restore their habitat with the hope of being able to reintroduce endangered species into the ecosystem. After mowing, volunteers install nesting boxes and dust more than 25,000 prairie dog burrows with insecticide to prevent the spreading of disease. American Prairie Reserve is building the largest nature reserve in the continental US, with the goal of preserving, restoring, and protecting the vital prairie ecosystem and all of its inhabitants—including the prairie dogs. We are proud to share this beautiful moment and the amazing work being done by APR.
Glacier National Park Conservancy
On the evening of August 31, 2017, the Sprague Fire burned the dormitory building at the historic Sperry Chalet Complex in Glacier National Park. Understanding how integral the “Sperry Experience” is to the park’s identity, the Sperry Action Fund was established by the Glacier Conservancy to cover the cost of both immediate known needs and possible future needs specifically related to work at the chalet. Construction started in the summer of 2018 and will continue into 2019, but thanks to the hard work of the Conservancy and its partners, the “Sperry Experience” is still alive and well despite the odds. Most notably, the Sperry Dining Room recently reopened, serving what some say is “the very best lemonade stand in the whole world.” We are so proud to work with the Glacier National Park Conservancy and continue to be inspired by this and all the other beautiful moments it helps create.
Mountain Humane has recently started a Pets for Life Program in the rural communities surrounding Blaine County, Idaho. The Pets for Life Program is focused on building relationships and providing much-needed resources to those who don’t have access to them. When the Program first met Glenda, she had more animals than she could keep up with. Because of Pets for Life, Mountain Humane was able to help. They brought her animals in for spay/neuter surgeries, helped trap and neuter the community cats around her house, and helped build fences so the dogs could enjoy outside time without having to live on chains. By meeting people where they are, fostering a culture of compassion, and providing resources where they are needed, Mountain Humane is embracing a new perspective on animal welfare and what it means to be an animal shelter.
National Parks Conservation Association
Almost a decade after being honorably discharged from the military, U.S. Marine Jose Rodriguez found navigating civilian life difficult. Understanding that he needed a new purpose, a stated mission, Rodriguez applied for The Mission Continues Fellowship Program, where veterans are set up to work with a nonprofit organization of their choice for six months and receive a stipend. Rodriguez tapped into his love of nature and being outdoors. He chose to work with the National Parks Conservation Association to reconstruct elevated wooden platforms in Everglades National Park that school groups use to camp off the wet ground. Having recently completed his six months with the National Parks Conservation Association through The Mission Continues, Rodriguez returned to NPCA on another service project rebuilding comfort stations for campers at Dry Tortugas National Park. Raising two daughters, Rodriguez is finding his way and is now a student at Miami Dade College. He also volunteers for a veterans group called Swamp Apes to catch invasive Burmese pythons that wreak havoc on Florida’s ecosystems “to find that thrill that we had in the military,” he said.