ACHIEVING LARGE-SCALE WILDLIFE CONSERVATION
Research • Education • Communities
Round River employs the principles of conservation biology to formulate strategies that provide our partner communities, organizations and governments a well-founded scientific basis for their long-term conservation efforts.
Recognizing that wild places are important in and of themselves, Round River is dedicated to the conservation of those increasingly rare vast landscapes, their inherent wildness and the ecological complexity that sustains them and inspires us.
The edict of Aldo Leopold’s Round River, in the face of global climate challenges, today rings evermore true. We have learned that achieving successful conservation is very complex and requires local partners. Therefore, fundamental to our work is the vitality of local cultures and communities requiring comprehensive approaches to capture the ecologies that sustain these systems. We produce innovative conservation strategies supported by strong partnerships and large-scale research and monitoring to address the highest priority sustainability challenges.
We also believe wild landscapes are powerful educators as our environmental study abroad programs involve small groups of students in finding and implementing solutions to wildlife conservation and sustainability issues.
Since 1991 Round River has conducted ecological research and engaged in conservation planning in the Blue Range of Arizona, the Great Bear and Muskwa-Kechika of British Columbia, the canyons of southern Utah, the highlands of southern Ecuador, the Mackenzie Delta of the Northwest Territories, the tropical forests of Belize, and the Yaak Valley of Montana.
Our current efforts in North America are focused in northwestern British Columbia, northern Yukon Territory, and the Rocky Mountains of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. In Africa, our work continues in the deserts of northern Namibia and the Okavango Delta of Botswana. In South and Central America, our work is in the Aysén Region of Patagonia in Chile, and in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. In 2017 we are initiating new projects with the Southern Lakes First Nations in the Yukon Territory and in the Darhad Valley of Huvsgul Province, Mongolia.
Round River believes wild landscapes are powerful educators. In Africa, Asia, and North, Central and South America, our environmental study abroad programs are designed to involve small groups of students in ongoing community and ecological research projects, finding and implementing solutions to real wildlife conservation and sustainability issues.
The efforts of our students contribute significantly to each conservation initiative of Round River and our local partners.
Wildlife Monitoring and Conservation Planning
Botswana is the Africa of your imagination. Exotic birds fill infinite skies, elephant herds roam through forests, lions hunt across savannahs, and hippos bob in wide rivers. Round River students are assisting the Okavango Research Institute and the Okavango Community Trusts to monitor these wildlife populations and the landscapes on which they depend.
Named by National Geographic as “the most biologically intense place on earth,” the Osa Peninsula is a true jewel of land, water, and life. Round River students are involved in a new program in association with Osa Conservation to advance conservation across the region.
Wildlife Monitoring and Exploration
The vast taiga of Northern Mongolia is home to an incredible array of carnivores, ungulates and other wildlife and plants. Come explore Round River’s newest project area in the remote Darhad Valley of the Huvsgul province. Students will assist our partner organizations with wildlife surveys and monitoring, and study the ecosystem processes of three newly-formed Protected Areas.
Exploration and Conservation Planning
Patagonia is a landscape of ice fields, fjords and glacial peaks rising from windswept grasslands. Round River students work in the Aysén Region of southern Chile assisting Conservacion Patagonica and Corporación Nacional Forestal with ecological research and biodiversity studies addressing vital conservation issues.
Wildlife Monitoring and Climate Change
The Taku River flows from the interior mountain ranges of northern British Columbia to the coastal ranges of Alaska, and is the largest intact salmon-bearing watershed in North America. The Taku is a vast wilderness of glacial rivers, boreal forest and snow-packed peaks harboring many of the charismatic species of this continent. Round River students assist the Taku River Tlingit First Nation with wildlife studies and monitoring climate change in alpine habitat.
Round River is working and achieving success in some of the world’s most magnificently wild places and we are being asked to bring our own brand of community involvement and science to many other threatened landscapes.