California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Public Outreach
(Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Recovery Program)

Interpretive displays at Community Day, Bishop, CA

Educational Materials

Participant at Community Day, Bishop, CA

Sierra Nevada Bighorn have long been in the public eye, at least as far back as John Muir, who called them "the bravest of all the Sierra mountaineers." The Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Program has benefited from public involvement in the conservation and management efforts of these bighorn.

In 2001, local guide S. P. Parker notified program personnel of a sighting of a large group of sheep on Charlotte Dome, located on the west side in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park. This was the first reported sighting of a natural colonization from an existing population. During the last decade, numerous public sightings have established that other natural colonizations appear to be taking place as well. We view help from the public as a valuable resource and give more guidance on how to help at the bottom of the page under the heading How You Can Help—Citizen Science.

Program staff have presented to students at local schools and are available upon request for presentations. We have worked with the local schools to provide educational opportunities to students indivdually and at a classroom level in both grade school and high school. Mentoring on group projects for older students, field trips to view bighorn sheep, and classroom presentations, both in the field and at the school have helped local students appreciate that they live in the midst of an evolving chapter of natural history.

Events

The SNBS program has a number of events each year. In past years, we have participated in Community Day in Bishop, CA. Outings to view bighorn are conducted annually with Audubon Society and the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation. Talks on various aspects of research within the program are hosted by White Mountain Research Station and Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab (SNARL) during their respective lecture series. All of these events are open to the public and you are encouraged to attend. Any upcoming scheduled events will be listed below.

Outreach Event Information

Date Classes Location City
9/1-9/3/2017 Tri-County Fair Table Fairgrounds Bishop

Personal Experiences with Sierra bighorn

During some surveys as well as captures volunteers have been asked to participate in helping program staff. While these opportunities are infrequent, they can be quite rewarding.

"Sometimes, when you get into your 60’s you think that all your adventures and dreams are behind you. Then along comes an endangered species, the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep, their hardworking scientists and advocates, and a peak experience enlightens your life."

------------------ Volunteer Ginnie Chadwick ------------------

""When I do spot some limbs, horns, or pale rumps.... I click off a few frames, and just witness. That is more than enough.""

------------------ Photographer Andy Selters ------------------

How You Can Help—Citizen Science

Tracking bighorn sheep throughout the entire Sierra Nevada is a big job for a small crew. If you are out hiking and see bighorn, we would love to hear about it. We keep track of all observations sent to us. A few of these have even showed us range expansions we were unaware of, including the now well-established Convict Creek herd. It is impossible to have eyes everywhere, but with your help we can cover a much broader area.

If you would like to help out, here are some things you can do:

If all you can tell us is where you saw bighorn sheep, but you weren’t able to get any details, this is fine! Sometimes knowing there are bighorn in an area is a priceless discovery on its own.

The Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Recovery Program thanks you in advance for your efforts!