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Support Our Work

Be a part of black-footed ferret recovery today and help provide on-the-ground support for the reintroduction, relocation and preservation of black-footed ferrets. Your donation will purchase supplies such as vaccines, identification microchips, and vital field equipment. Thank you!

Why Should You Support PWR?

Prairie Wildlife Research (PWR) was founded in 2001 with the mission to conserve and research wildlife species of the North American prairies. Over the past 15 years our primary focus has been the prairie dog ecosystem and the endangered black-footed ferret. We have raised nearly $1.5 million in the past 15 years that all went to field recovery of black-footed ferrets, prairie dogs, swift fox, burrowing owls and other species. Our partners, donors and funders consistently support us because:

  • We have the most field experience with black-footed ferrets. Black-footed ferrets are nocturnal and we use spotlights to find them on prairie dog colonies. Since 2001 we have spotlighted, located and captured more than 2,000 black-footed ferrets across North America. In the past 10 years we have vaccinated more than 650 black-footed ferrets against plague in Conata Basin / Badlands. Plague is the most significant biological threat to black-footed ferrets.

  • We work everywhere and have diverse partners.  There are 26 black-footed ferret reintroduction sites in North America and we have worked at or with all of them.  Our partners include more than 30 federal agencies, state agencies, organizations, tribes, universities, zoos and landowners.

  • We have the flexibility to get things done quickly, efficiently and economically.  Whether it is performing surveys to find black-footed ferrets, evaluating prairie dog colonies, writing reports, conducting research, public presentations, or building partnerships, PWR is the best organization for the job.  We try to keep our costs low so that funds can be used for on-the-ground conservation.