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Upper Hoback River Valley Studies
Upper Hoback River Valley Studies

Implementing a Plan for Increasing Wildlife in the Upper Hoback River Valley

Yellowstone and the areas around Jackson, Wyoming, boast some of North America’s most beautiful landscapes. Just 35 miles south of Jackson Hole lies the upper Hoback River Valley. This hidden treasure hosts migrating deer, elk, and pronghorn, as well as raptors and other birds, all of which peacefully coexist with a resident herd of bison.

Conservation Studies in the Upper Hoback River Valley

Sagebrush habitat, interspersed with aspen and spruce-fir forest, follows the Hoback River and its willow-lined riparian areas. This diverse landscape is home to a wide array of wildlife. Some of the more charismatic species found in the valley, and the species of greatest conservation concern in Wyoming, include the Common Loon, Trumpeter Swan, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Sandhill Crane, Great Gray Owl, and Mountain Bluebird.

The Ricketts Conservation Foundation


Joe Ricketts established The Ricketts Conservation Foundation to support the conservation of wildlife and wilderness areas, and to promote the importance of environmental stewardship as an enduring value. Underlying the Foundation's mission is the belief that conservation is everyone's responsibility.

As one of the Ricketts Conservation Foundation projects, ongoing studies carried out in the upper Hoback River Valley by BRI wildlife research biologists include investigations that will help us better understand songbird demographics, manage for self-sustaining raptor populations, and restore breeding Common Loons.

Program Director
David Evers, Ph.D.

Contributing BRI Staff
Allie Byrd
Chris DeSorbo
Jeff Fair
Chris Persico
Amy Sauer
Vincent Spagnuolo

Photo Credits: Header photo © Karen Perry Images. Study Subjects: Common Loon © Daniel Poleschook; Trumpeter Swan © kdwood2-flicker-creative commons; Barrow's Goldeneye, Sandhill Crane, and Great Gray Owl © Ken Archer; Mountain Bluebird © Karen Perry Images. Common Loon © Daniel Poleschook.
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