Hundreds attend wildlife conservation event at Island Park

The following is a press release from the Henrys Fork Wildlife Alliance.

ISLAND PARK – Two hundred members and guests celebrated Henry’s Fork Wildlife Alliance’s first major event since the COVID-19 pandemic Friday night at Meadow Vue Ranch in Island Park. This was a wildlife-themed family event open to the whole community.

The event brought together more than a dozen conservation organizations and representatives from the Idaho Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service for exhibits and wildlife presentations.

Presenting organizations included Teton Regional Land Trust, Friends of Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Idaho Wildlife Federation, Friends of Camas National Wildlife Refuge, National Parks Conservation Association, Terry Thomas (Nature-Track), Penny Walbom, The Nature Conservancy, Henrys Lake Foundation, Island Park Sustainable Fire Community, Idaho Master Naturalists, Centennial Valley Association, and Idaho Environmental Education Association.

Caitlyn Wanner, project coordinator for HFWA, said the aim of the event was to engage the community in celebrating and learning about wildlife and understanding what will enable us to protect and conserve native wildlife in the watershed. of Upper Henrys Fork.

She said she hopes the event also helped the public become more familiar with local citizen conservation groups and agencies like Fish and Game and the Forest Service.

People tried their skills with inert bear spray on Idaho Fish and Game’s Mechanical Load Bear and participated in hands-on activities offered by more than a dozen conservation and education organizations.

The festive atmosphere was enhanced by the alfresco barbecue dinner of Dutch oven steak and chicken provided by Meadow Vue Ranch, live western music by the Fall River Boys and lawn games, a silent auction and a raffle. A storm hit at 7 p.m., but the group had moved their schedule to try to avoid a downpour, and it didn’t impact the celebration.

HFWA’s mission is to protect and conserve native wildlife and its public enjoyment in the Upper Henrys Fork watershed. The group is the only civic organization dedicated solely to protecting healthy wildlife populations in the Upper Henrys Fork.

Grizzly bear exhibit by Idaho Fish and Game. | Photo of Tracy River

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