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April 5, 2012

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April 5, 2012

Prairie Wildlife Research is a great organization who has done amazing things for Black-Footed Ferrets. They strive to protect this precious species and use every donated dollar wisely.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When I've presented programs on Weasels and Black-Footed Ferrets. They are one a few organizations that has produced current publications and literature on Black-Footed Ferrets.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

August 31, 2010

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August 31, 2010

In April 2005 I had the pleasure of meeting Travis Livieri and learning about the black-footed ferret (BFF) and the efforts of Prairie Wildlife Research (PWR) to reestablish this endangered mammal in the Great Plains of South Dakota. In the fall it was my privilege and pleasure to join Travis, graduate students, Fish & Wildlife employees and other volunteers who gathered to count, examine and study the ferrets living in the grasslands. As a domesticated ferret owner and rescue volunteer, disaster services volunteer and a doctoral student in Animal Science, I was quite familiar with research techniques, rescue and the domesticated counterpart of the BFF. I had never been involved with the rescue of an endangered species in the field, however. The opportunity to travel to a new place and work with both government and private sector people to help save this beautiful animal was an experience that awakened my heart to the wonders of this great land. Because of PWR I fell in love with the prairie and recommitted myself to improving the land. This is what PWR does. Reaching out to people a few at a time, it educates and involves people who never knew about the black-footed ferret and its plight to both the animal and the opportunities to make a difference in our world. People who didn’t understand now support the efforts and in groups to which I belong, I have seen large sums of money be raised to donate to this cause by people who have very little as individuals. The active breeding program at the National Zoo is now a frequently watched site. If not for the international efforts of PWR, my children and grandchildren - and all future generations - might never have known of the BFF except in books and pictures.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own life on a daily basis. My donations, volunteer work and lifestyle have been directly impacted and influenced by PWR opportunities. An animal that would be extinct is not because of the efforts of PWR.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have a larger staff, volunteer or paid. There are numerous opportunities to which PWR could avail itself with more manpower. The current staff is spread too thin to grow the group to its maximum potential.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity for hands-on experience and sharing those experiences with others. It also gave me the opportunity to learn more about a part of nature with which I had little experience.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional biologists and office personnel, as well as veterinarians, graduate students and employees of world-renowned wildlife organizations, as well as advocates in conservation.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create opportunities not only for the black-footed ferret, but other endangered prairie habitats and wildlife throughout the North American continent.

Ways to make it better...

it had been longer. Thank you, Travis and PWR, for the opportunity to be involved and leading me to fall in love with the secrets of the prairie!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The non-profits that produce results are not always the ones who get the publicity. What this group has achieved with the reintroduction of the black-footed ferret should serve as an inspiration to all conservationists.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 29, 2010

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August 29, 2010

Black-footed ferrets are a very endangered species. Unfortunately they do not get the headlines or the evening news coverage they need. Prairie Wildlife Research has been the group spreading the word about black-footed ferrets and actually working directly with the ferrets in the wild. Travis and Prairie Wildlife Research have worked hard to stop the plague outbreak and are working hard to reintroduce black-footed ferrets to new recovery sites. Without Prairie Wildlife Research, the world might be without black-footed ferrets!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways. I was able to help Travis and other wildlife biologists work on the black-footed ferrets up in South Dakota!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how they have done so much for black-footed ferret recovery!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all great. Can not say anough good things about Travis and this group.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do a lot of good. More recovery sites could be found and more black-footed ferrets could be helped.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 27, 2010

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August 27, 2010

I don't remember how I first found out about PWR but I am glad that I did. They do great work in conservation of prarie wildlife and saving the black footed ferret from extinction. I have learned a great deal from their educational events and web site. I have also learned much from a visit to the black footed ferret conservation center north of Fort Collins, CO. There is a black footed ferret named June born in June a few years back. I was allowed to name her as part of a fund raising event I attened. I named her in honor of my mother who passed in 2002. I feel so strongly about the work that they do that I make a monthly donation for June. This is more then I do for any other organization I donate to.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the new kits born yearly by the black footed ferret I support.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the progress it is making with the black footed ferret repopulation. Saving a species.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I have not meet better people in any agency or non-profit.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand it's education and conservation activities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 26, 2010

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August 26, 2010

Over the last several years, I have witnessed Travis Livieri and PWR work exceedingly hard on extremely limited funds to help save one of the most endangered mammals in North America. Not only does this organization and its leader work with great passion and sound science, but also works smartly and collaboratively with other organizations, agencies and individuals dedicated in the field of conservation. The black-footed ferret is still in existence today in part because of people like Travis and organizations like PWR.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my work over the last decade as a photojournalist documenting wildlife and landscapes of Great Plains grasslands in North America.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 26, 2010

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August 26, 2010

I first met Travis Livieri when I invited him to give a talk at the 2005 International Ferret Symposium. Since then, a mutually beneficial relationship has existed between the domestic and black-footed ferret communities. We get the opportunity to learn about and help this wild cousin of our pets. Travis and his very small team display an unparalleled dedication to saving the black-footed ferret. Through their efforts, and those of other determined researchers and volunteers, the BFF has gone from being thought extinct to having a firm toehold in our prairies. My most memorable experience was when I got to release a young female BFF into a conditioning pen at the BFF Conservation Center. Today she may be raising a litter of wild-born kits somewhere in the midst of our great prairies.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I feel a sense of pride and hope for our nation every time I read about a litter of wild-born kits to a wild-born mother being found at an introduction site.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The wonderful dedication of the staff.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 26, 2010

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August 26, 2010

Prairie Wildlife Research does a fantastic job of stretching every dollar that is donated for maximum impact on the ground. I am amazed at the dedication of the PWR staff and volunteers. The work that they perform is arduous and makes a direct, hands-on impact on one of the most endangered mammals in North America.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have been privilaged to hear travis speak and to participate in several of their fundraising efforts..

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'd like to see them get all the funding they need and perhaps more interns so Travis can go home a bit more often.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the recovery of a species once thought extinct-- it proves it can be done..

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, compassionate and skilled

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world

Ways to make it better...

I was able to travel to location to visit

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

good work

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 26, 2010

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August 26, 2010

Travis provides time and information to all with PWR website. There is no other website that has the latest information on Black-footed ferret recovery. Agencies are unable to respond like a non-profit. That is one of many great values PWR provides. The invitation to all to make a different in Black-footed ferret recovery continues to use all media methods. There is never a lack of effort, only a lack of time and funds to make even a greater impact on North America's under appreciated ecosystem - grasslands.

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This organization has donated photography and post cards to the National Grasslands Visitor Center. Thank you.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 26, 2010

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August 26, 2010

The story of the black-footed ferret is an almost unbelievable natural resource success story. The program started with a dog dragging a dead ferret onto a ranch near Meeteetse WY, moved to capturing what seemed to be a doomed few ferrets, to designing and implementing a captive breeding program and finally getting them back out into the wild. Thanks to many dedicated people, groups and agencies the ferret program has been and continues to be a shining star. Prairie Wildlife Research, Inc. (PWR) has been at the center of the black-footed ferret program for a long time, I may go so far as to say that many of the successes of the entire program have been the direct result of Travis Livieri and PWR. I am not familiar with the work PWR has done at any other site but I am very familiar with the Conata Basin and know that the countless hours spent by PWR coordinating, spotlighting, chipping, vaccinating ferrets have been instrumental to the success of this program. Without the PWR working behind the scenes, in the mist extreme controversy and many private individuals, state and federal agencies, I don’t believe the ferret program in Conata Basin would be as successful as it has proved to be. This review comes from a federal employee who has been involved in the program on a professional basis. After seeing how the PWR works I believe in this organization enough to invest my own money. I have adopted ferrets for my granddaughters and nieces, because I know every dime I invest in this organization goes right back out on the ground to help the prairie ecosystem.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 26, 2010

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August 26, 2010

As various factors continue to threaten conservation of black-footed ferrets and prairie dogs, and ultimately many species of prairie habitats, Prairie Wildlife Research forges ahead with sound, conservation-minded field research. PWRs efforts have been critical in establishing and maintaining prairie dog and ferret populations, and in conservation of associated species and grassland ecosystems. PWR's commitment is unending and inspiring. The organizations efforts will be key to the future of ferret conservation and other conservation efforts in the prairies.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Buffalo Gap National Grasslands and the Conata Basin (South Dakota), Charles M. Russel National Wildlife Refuge (Montana), and the Bureau of Land Management 40-Complex (Montana)

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to help and collaborate with PWR, and the kind and thoughtful biologists and conservationists within this group, during their important field research projects.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

field biologists and volunteers with a deep appreciation for nature and wildlife and a desire to help conserve natural resources, including various mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, etc.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

restore and protect many grassland habitats (and other habitats) occupied by an enormous number of species, and conserve natural resources important in wildlife conservation and the day-to-day activities of people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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