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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On March 26, 2015 a pregnant ewe was relocated from her home near Mount Langley and brought to a very similar land of granite and alpine tundra within Yosemite National Park.  For the first time in over 100 years this Sierra Nevada Bighorn, along with 9 other ewes, will roam the high county of Yosemite, raise their lambs this summer, and be courted by 2 rams this autumn.

The work for scientists and scientific aides has now grown. The areas where Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep now live require extensive monitoring and census taking. Fieldwork now covers the length of the Sierra Nevada Range.  With your donations, the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation continues to pay scientific aides for the three months they are not funded by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), helicopter time, and continues to provide indispensible genetics information.  We know we can rely on you for your continued support and to share the story of Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep with your friends.

The story of these new reintroductions can be found here: http://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/endangered-sierra-nevada-bighorn-sheep-restored-to-yosemite-and-sequoia-national-parks.htm

Near the bottom there is a link to video and still images of the reintroduction. The videos are massive and need download time, but are well worth the wait.

While the Yosemite Conservancy is spotlighted as a major donor in this article, your gifts to this Foundation helped finance helicopter time to relocate the sheep, pay salaries for scientific aides, funded essential genetics work and made possible school and public outreach.  Thank Ewe for your contributions!



Board members Ginnie, John, Jora, and Terry

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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