I had the pleasure and priviledge of meeting and talking to Travis. He allowed me to ask a gizillion questions while he taught me about his project. I have immense respect for this man who quietly works to save an important factor of our prairies. Yea for Travis and Prairie Willife Research.
The commitment and compassion that Travis and April have for the Mission of PWR is inspiring. What Travis does to help people understand the connection of all the Prairie species to the health of that eco-system is phenomenal. We own a horse ranch in short grass prairie land in Northern Colorado and our goal is educate people about the importance of their connection to the Whole. Through this journey we have had the opportunity to help many people understand the importance of the prairie dog in our world. Many people are often shocked when we talk about our love for the prairie dog colony that co-exists in the same pasture with our horses. When I met Travis, he helped me understand even more about the importance of the prairie dog and how difficult it is to spread that word. The black-footed ferret relies on the prairie dog for food and shelter and protection. Travis has a difficult time convincing ranchers that the prairie dog is a vital part of their desire to maintain a healthy grass land for grazing, yet he remains positive and personable in the face of adversity. I admire the fact that Travis continues to share, educate and put boots to ground in working with the black-footed ferret in an effort to restore balance to our prairie lands. Thank you Travis. Thank you April.
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.
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.