I once had the honor and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help Travis out with trapping and treating Black Footed Ferrets in the Conata Basin, SD. It was such an amazing experience and we were lucky enough to trap 18 ferrets and get them vaccinated, "de-parasitized" and microchipped. A few of them had already been chipped, so it was rewarding to be able to learn that these endangered animals are actually surviving in the wild, bringing them back from the brink of extinction. Without Travis and his crew of dedicated professionals, these wonderful animals wouldn't stand a chance.
Prairie Wildlife Research is an organization dedicated to preserving the fragile ecosystems of the prairie. One aspect of this ecosystem is the endangered Black Footed Ferret. Once thought to be EXTINCT, 18 ferrets were discovered and from those ferrets, the PWR has been able to replenish the praries with this amazing critter over the last 28 years. They still have a long way to go, and each dollar donated goes right back to the resources needed to help bring this species back from the brink. I had the opportunity to see first hand what the crew of PWR has to go through to keep these animls healthy in the wild. It was the most incredible experience of my life and I thank these dedicated people for all they do, year in and year out.
I have never formally met Travis; but in 2008, I found myself on the receiving end of 2 long tailed weasel kits (eyes still closed) that were referred by our local F&G to my shelter, where I take in domestic ferrets and find them homes outside of CA. Having no clue where to start, I did a lot of on-line research and made some cross country calls. Travis was one of them, and he gave me some great pointers on how to raise these mustelids for release properly. Long story short, they survived and a year later we were lucky enough to spot kits on our property. Being a lover of all things mustelid, I became very interested in what Travis was working on. He is unassuming, hardworking, gracious and dedicated to the restoration & survival of BFF's to their native habitat. I feel honored to know him and support such a worthy cause.
I recently donated to the Prairie Wildlife Research and became an adoptive parent to a few Black Footed Ferrets (BFF)s. I was sent in return many trinkets, photos, a certificate, and 2 DVDs that greatly heightened my awareness to these beautiful creatures. Travis and the staff is doing an excellent job with the reintroduction and more importantly, education to the general public who, much like me, probably never heard of the BFFs until now. I commend him and all the workers at PWR and wish them continued success!
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.
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.
Prairie Wildlife Research Inc. is a terrific organization that works to save animals of the prairie. Many people don't realize the importance of species like the black-footed ferret, and PWR works to educate the public and government about that. In addition to education, people of PWR are out on the prairie, directly working to help the animals, be it spotlighting black-footed ferrets or whatever. I've had the honor of hearing Travis Livieri speak at several International Ferret Congress events. I even got to see some black-footed ferrets in person thanks to tours or presentations arranged by Travis. One of the best things about PWR is that it's a smaller organization that gets a LOT done and hasn't lost the human touch. The people who work for it are truly dedicated (and knowledgeable), and you can be confident that money donated goes to helping the animals.