The Biodiversity Institute:

The mission of the Biodiversity Institute is to foster the understanding, appreciation and conservation of biological diversity through innovative research, education, and outreach, and by engaging a broad audience in the scientific process.
The Biodiversity Institute works with scientists, resource managers, educators, and the public to further the understanding and conservation of biodiversity. We seek to provide a unique service to Wyoming and beyond by facilitating collaborative research projects, synthesizing and disseminating research, distributing grants, and providing educational, outreach, and citizen science programs for students and the public

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Request For Proposals: Novel Outreach & Education Grants

The Biodiversity Institute seeks proposals for exceptionally innovative approaches to science outreach, engagement and education.

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The Draper Museum Raptor Experience at the Biodiversity Institute


Click here to watch the entire Draper Museum Raptor Experience presentation given at the
Biodiversity Institute on April 27th, 2017.


Biodiversity Institute Open Initiatives

Wyoming Biodiversity Citizen Science Initiative

The Wyoming Biodiversity Citizen Science Initiative grew from one of the Institutes earliest citizen science programs, WyoBio. The Wyoming Biodiversity Citizen Science Initiative's growing list of citizen science programs, utilize the WyoBio database and mapping toolset to branch out in exploration of Wyoming's biological landscape.

Wyoming Raptor Initiative

Wyoming is a stronghold for raptor populations in western North America. While surrounding states have experienced declines in many species, the relatively undisturbed landscapes of Wyoming allow many populations of raptors to thrive. Nonetheless, Wyoming raptors face several challenges. The BI recognizes a need for an effective summary of the state-of-science regarding raptors in the region, with special attention to questions of most importance to land and wildlife managers and policy-makers, to advance effective and efficient conservation.

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Featured Programs

Short-Eared Owl Survey

Join other citizen scientists conducting spring surveys of the short-eared owl, in March through May, taking advantage of the unique courtship flight behavior of Short-eared Owls that makes them particularly visible during this time of year. Watch the short video clip below of this amazing and unique courtship behavior. Surveys are conducted once in early Spring and once in late Spring/ early Summer at dusk in appropriate habitat across eight Western states.

Know Your Mussels: Native Mussels of Wyoming

Did you know... that Wyoming’s streams and lakes are home to seven kinds of native mussels? You may not have noticed them, and they are not the kind you can eat, but they are working hard behind the scenes to keep Wyoming’s waters clean!

Monarchs and Milkweeds

The Monarchs and Milkweeds program is designed to work with you - citizen scientists across Wyoming - to gather observations of where, when and how many monarchs and milkweed plants you find in the state. Through this, we hope to gain a better understanding of where monarchs migrate through Wyoming, at what time of year, and in what densities. We also hope to learn where and which species of milkweeds exist in Wyoming. With your help, we all can learn more about these wonderful organisms!

Wyoming BioBlitz

The Biodiversity Institute, Audubon Rockies and The Nature Conservancy host an annual 24-hour Bioblitz event in which teams of scientists, teachers, volunteers, environmental educators, and community members join forces to find, identify, and learn about as many local plant, insect and animal species as possible.

Bi-Annual Moose Day

Our Winter and Summer Moose Days are an opportunity for community members to participate in the management and conservation of area moose populations, while enjoying our national forests at the same time!

Rocky Mountain Amphibian Project

Frogs, toads and salamanders are disappearing around the world - but you can help by tracking their whereabouts in the Rocky Mountain region! Adopt a catchment, visit the site to find which frogs, toads and salamanders you can find, and be part of the Rocky Mountain Amphibian Project!

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Visit the Kids Corner!

# Kids Corner

Designed for children from birth to age 12 and their accompanying grownups, the Kids Corner offers an assortment of fun, hands-on activities that are designed to encourage discovery through play. An ideal area for early learners, this educational environment emphasizes the use of real objects with an extensive teaching collection for exploring natural history, life-cycle and biodiversity science topics.

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The Latest WyoBio Minute

May / 17 / 2018 btugwell
Episode 21: Desert Yellowheads

Wyoming is home to one of the world’s rarest plants, the desert yellowhead. This unusual plant defies all expectations—its shiny, dark green leaves contrast with the rough and rugged leaves of its neighbors on the wind-swept slopes of central Wyoming.

May / 08 / 2018 btugwell
Episode 20: Dermestid Beetles

Vertebrate bones are a treasure trove of information. From what an animal eats, to how they move, or how they died, scientists can extract myriad data from a skeleton.

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