Stories of outdoor adventures in Wyoming from our Conservation Ambassadors, members, and friends of Wyoming Wildlife Federation.
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Wyoming Wildlife Federation aims to build and sustain a network of local Conservation Ambassadors and affiliated groups and clubs, that are active in regional conservation issues and projects. By educating and empowering a base of advocates on conservation policy, we strive to convene diverse groups in constructive dialog over policy and science. Our work will engage Wyoming communities by offering them opportunities to connect in the outdoors and have an understanding of wildlife and conservation, fostering a culture of sportsmen conservationist in Wyoming.
These ambassadors are local Wyoming people willing to go the extra mile for conservation by advocating on causes they care about. They are moms and dads, electricians and real estate agents, Wyoming natives and recent locals who all love Wyoming’s wildlife and wild places and want to advocate on their behalf.
Annually, WWF brings these folks together at Conservation Ambassador gatherings where we discuss how we can help each other. The Ambassadors share major ideas for how best to increase hunting and angling opportunities, host local events, and pass good wildlife policy.
Each year, WWF also hosts an advocacy training and lobbying day with our Ambassadors called Camo at the Capitol. Sportsmen and sportswomen come for a half-day training and legislative update followed by a trip to the capitol to lobby on actual bills. The pinnacle of the Camo at the Capitol event is the Wyoming Sportsmen’s Legislative Reception that evening. Last year over 150 people attended the reception including Governor Gordon and the President of the Senate.
These Ambassadors are empowered hunters and anglers with incredible skills, networks, and an opportunity to effectively make their voices heard. These volunteers are increasing the influence of hunters and anglers on conservation policy and resulting in positive policy change for wildlife and habitat.
Do you have boots-on-the-ground projects you would like to see accomplished? Would you like to expand outdoor education in your community? The Federation also provides expertise and staff to help bring these kinds of ambassador ideas to life.
What do ambassadors receive?
Contact Field Coordinator Auna Kaufmann to apply at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wyoming Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Ambassador program empowers hunters and anglers across the state to influence wildlife and conservation policy.
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Codee’s appreciation of the hard work and the knowledge that her parents both displayed growing up with hunting, processing meat, and cooking the meat has led her to a passion for mentoring others and making sure our finest resources are respected and valued. It has catapulted her into wanting to help others who may not otherwise be afforded the opportunity to have a mentor for hunting or just enjoying the outdoors. She also has been able to pass down the knowledge she was given to her children.
She is involved in The Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt and Hunting with Heroes of Wyoming. She recently collaborated with The Bowhunters of Wyoming, which her father is president of, and helped bring disabled veterans from Florida to do an amazing antelope hunt in the Red Desert. Codee enjoys her involvement with Wyoming Wildlife Federation (WWF) as an ambassador for all of those interested in beautiful Wyoming outdoors whether it be advising on fishing holes, hiking trails, visiting local legislators, or helping fundraise for the many great projects WWF is involved with.
“The outdoors brings such a raw emotion out in people that they sometimes never have discovered, I absolutely love seeing that come out in others and then them returning to it over and over again.” -Codee
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It was after his maiden pheasant hunt with a close friend and mentor that Sam discovered his passion for bird hunting and gun dogs. Modeling this experience Sam adopted a Weimaraner shortly thereafter and set about training Bandit primarily utilizing his library card and a few online videos.
In May of 2017, Sam packed up his career, guns and dog and moved to central Wyoming to follow his love of hunting and his pursuit of open, public lands. Wyoming quickly became his home as he spent the summer hiking and fishing along the Winds, taking in the beauty of the west. His passion for hunting and conservation comes as a result of growing up without these spaces. As a result, he is always sharing his pursuit of wing shooting and the importance of conservation with new hunters. Sam’s love for cooking of wild game keeps his boots laced and on the ground, with a scattergun in his hands. Whether it’s the high plains sage brush or the rocky hills outside of Jackson, Sam can be found chasing birds with his favorite hunting partner, Bandit.
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Levi has been in Gillette since graduating college, working for several years for an environmental consulting firm, and for the last ten years for the City of Gillette. Even though he and his family live a life in the city, his mind and his passions are on the adventures of the outdoors: hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and gardening. Levi has gained an understanding that those things of his childhood that seemed to be just part of life aren't just there; they need people that care to learn about them, to advocate for them, and to literally and figuratively get their hands dirty caring for them.
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Craig lives in Lander, WY with his wife Anika and pup Juno.
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As a professional skier for the past decade, Griffin has been the beneficiary of public lands his entire career. Furthermore, he’s spent the majority of his time with stakeholders that are sometimes viewed as at odds—philosophically or politically—with hunters and anglers. Now equally comfortable talking bullet weight as crampon weight, Griffin can whole heartedly say that perceived division is an illusion. Our communities are largely all after the same thing: protecting public lands and ensuring access for future generations.
Griff acknowledges that each user-group sometime sees the other as a threat rather than an ally. He would venture to guess, however, if one takes the time to understand the other, to talk to them, these concerns would evaporate. Griffin joins the WWF Conservation Ambassadors to aide in that conversation and, hopefully, be a catalyst for better understanding, communication and action for the betterment of public lands, recreation, and wildlife.
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Being a part of the Wyoming Wildlife Federation gives Kolten a platform to be the voice for the next generation, hopefully giving them the same opportunities that he was so fortunate to have. He wants to preserve the way of life that is so important to him. For Kolten, future conservation begins with education and community.
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Her love for the outdoors led her to receive her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Wyoming in Wildlife & Fisheries Ecology and Management in 2019, and she is currently working towards her Masters, focused on Wildlife Disease Biology.
Through both her studies and time spent outdoors, she has learned the importance of not only working to conserve our wildlife, habitat, and outdoor heritage herself, but also the value of sharing what she can with others. Her goal as a Conservation Ambassador for WWF is to bridge the gap between scientists and outdoorsmen and women and to advocate conservation and sustainability.
He chose to get involved with Wyoming Wildlife Federation because science-based conservation is an effective strategy in guaranteeing healthy wildlife populations. Organizations like WWF continue to fight for conservation by being the eyes and ears for citizens and the government. The preservation of hunting as a pastime and the conservation of wildlife is what will keep our state authentic.
Each Program that Wyoming Wildlife Federation runs affects a variety of different conservation Issues. Click on an Issue to find out more about it.