Collaborative Conservation with Wild Sky’s Katy Beattie
Here at American Prairie Reserve, we’re working to restore a fully functioning prairie ecosystem. And to be successful, we must consider the complete landscape, including the work of our neighbors. Enter Wild Sky Specialist Katy Beattie.
American Prairie Reserve’s bison conservation work encompasses many facets, from ensuring proper herd sizes and effective range management, to disease testing, state and federal compliance, and continuous research to better understand this species’ crucial role in a grassland ecosystem.
Bison are considered a keystone species, which means other species in an ecosystem rely on them. As such, American Prairie Reserve’s bison restoration goals also support many of the organization’s other goals of ecological health for the grasslands of north central Montana.
Exploring for good: How donations drive data collection
“Adventure scientists” explore with a purpose, collecting information about wildlife species that is otherwise out of reach. This spring and summer, they are focused on swift fox, sage grouse, prairie dogs, and more.
My friend and I arrived at the Buffalo Camp on the American Prairie Reserve around mid-day on Saturday greeted by the solitude of an empty campground (but for a group of five bull bison grazing nearby).