Of more than a thousand endangered species in America, Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are uniquely poised to achieve recovery. The Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation is dedicated to securing the future of this remarkable animal through research, education, and advocacy. Your help is vital to our success.
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Historic Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery

The public is invited to visit the historic Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery in Independence, California to view a bedazzling array of bighorn art including pieces by Jane Kim (the creator of the Migrating Mural project), Dave McCoy, and others as well as submissions by local students. Learn about the natural history of Sierra bighorn and the how the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Recovery Program’s scientists and wildlife managers are working to preserve endangered Sierra bighorn for future generations. Read more »

This from Jane Kim:

New Mural in Progress

Thanks to a successful fundraiser at the Mountain Light Gallery in Bishop, CA the second site of the Migrating Mural: Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep is now in progress at the Bishop Gun Club just north of town. Read more »

The fundraiser gala “500 and Rising” was a terrific success, sharing with over 150 guests the remarkable story of the wild sheep in our backyard. The Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation would like to thank the friends from near and far who came to show their enthusiasm for Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, as well as the many people who worked hard to bring about this event. Sierra bighorn need help now more than ever as we approach the final stages of recovery, and it gives us hope to witness the community coming together in support of this unique animal.

Thanks to all of you, Jane Kim’s Migrating Mural will continue to bring Sierra bighorn into the public eye, capturing the attention of locals and visitors who travel Highway 395. We’re excited to watch her next murals come to life in Bishop this April and June.

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Seeing Sierra bighorn in the wild is so rare an experience that many mountaineers have traversed the range for decades without ever setting eyes on a sheep. Their very mysteriousness may hinder conservation efforts on their behalf, since it can be difficult to drum up public support for a creature few have ever seen. The Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation works hard to give this elusive animal a central place in the culture of our communities. Along with frequent guided field trips planned for 2013, we are excited to present a new program that will give the general public the opportunity to become personally acquainted with this unique and endangered population.

Adopt-A-Sheep

Photo courtesy of Steve Yeager.

Adopt a Bighorn — $75
Base Package:
Certificate of Adoption
Bighorn Fact Sheet
Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation Newsletter
5×7 photo of an individual bighorn

Adopt a Herd — $150
Base Package including a 5×7 photo of a group of bighorn
Map of your herd unit which illustrates summer and winter range use and good places to spot sheep in different seasons.
Choice of herds: Mount Langley, Mount Williamson, Mount Baxter, Sawmill Canyon, Wheeler Ridge, Mount Gibbs, or Mount Warren

Photo courtesy of Steve Yeager.

Adopt a Recovery Unit — $500
Base Package including a framed 5×7 photo of your choice
Map of selected herd unit (see above for map contents)
Recovery Unit Fact Sheet
Personal invitations to all public bighorn tracking field trips sponsored by DFW and the SNBS Foundation
Choice of recovery units: Kern, Southern, Central, Northern

Adopt the Population — $1,000
Base Package including a framed 8×10 photo of your choice
Map of selected herd unit (see above for map contents)
Recovery Unit Fact Sheet
Custom bighorn tracking field trip with John Wehausen to the herd unit of your choice


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If you’re interested in participating in the Adopt-A-Sheep program but would like more information, send us an email.

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