Clark’s Nutcrackers and Whitebark Pines

The Raynes Wildlife Fund’s (RWF) very first grant was to support Taza Schaming’s work on the decline of Clark’s nutcrackers due to the extensive loss of whitebark pines, their main food source. With our continued funding, she surveyed JH birds over several years, with her methods evolving with technology: first direct field observations in Jackson Hole, then local transmitters, and by 2015 satellite transmitters (photo) which could document demographics and habitat selection on a much larger geographic scale. Having received her PhD from Cornell University, Dr. Schaming continues to research and promote conservation of this bird.