Holly Copeland

Holly Copeland is a conservation scientist with the Wyoming Chapter of the Nature Conservancy based in Lander, Wyoming. Recently, her work has varied widely. When not studying mule deer corridors and sage-grouse, she works on mapping wetland condition, analyzing condor movement and foraging behavior in California, and energy development planning in Argentina.


Holly's Posts

Going Solar: The 21st Century Family Home Project

Living amidst Wyoming’s energy boom, Holly Copeland has seen firsthand the unraveling of habitats caused by energy extraction. Looking to reduce dependence on fossil fuel led her home, installing solar panels.

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Protecting Sage Grouse Habitat: Does It Benefit Mule Deer Populations?

Greater sage grouse require large landscapes. Many have argued that protecting them can also protect other wildlife. But is that really true for mule deer?

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Citizen Science Tuesday: Rocky Mountain Amphibian Project

A citizen science program that’s looking for amphibians in Wyoming? Yes, and Boy Scouts find out how you can earn a Merit Badge for that!

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Grouse Robot: Remote-Controlled Bird Assists Conservation

A grouse robot? You bet. And no, it’s not a gimmick. On the sagebrush plains of Wyoming, researchers are deploying the fake birds to study how males react to females — and helping to protect the species in the process.

Posted In: Birds, Energy, Tech
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Mule Deer Capture: Radio Tracking Provides Critical Conservation Data

Radio tracking provides critical data as conservationists try to map mule deer migrations. But first they have to put a radio collar on the deer. Conservation scientist Holly Copeland joins a team to capture mule deer for conservation.

Posted In: deer, Mammals
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