Atlas of birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles in Wyoming

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Author(s):
Andrea O Cerovski
Martin Grenier
Laurie Van Fleet
Susan Patla
Bob Oakleaf
Publication Date: 2004-07
Tags: WLCI Related Publication

In 1979, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (Department) and the Bighorn Audubon Society compiled a working draft of the Wyoming Avian Atlas. The first edition of the Wyoming Avian Atlas was published in 1982 under the authorship of Bob Oakleaf, Helen Downing, Bert Raynes, Meg Raynes, and Oliver K. Scott. Updates were provided each year in the Threatened, Endangered, and Nongame Bird and Mammal Investigations Annual Completion Reports. In 1981, Scott Findholt, Bob Oakleaf, and Bill Long published a Working Draft of the Wyoming Mammal Atlas. Updates were provided in some Annual Completion Reports.


In 1991, the Department published a revision of both atlases, titled the Draft Distribution and Status of Wyoming Birds and Mammals. This publication included all of the information in the Avian Atlas and the draft Mammal Atlas. Several hundred people, without whom this effort would not have been possible, contributed to the 1991 draft publication. A combined Bird and Mammal Atlas, edited by Bob Oakleaf, Bob Luce, Sharon Ritter, and Andrea Cerovski, was published in 1992.


Annual updates have been provided to all persons who received the 1992 Atlas. These updates included hundreds of observations of birds and mammals, including many for which little information was previously available. A large number of bat observations were added due to a special project carried out between 1994 and 1996 to document bat distribution in the state.


In 1997, John Priday initiated an effort to gather data from a variety of sources to compile current distribution data for the amphibians and reptiles of Wyoming. After initial review within the Department, the decision was made to publish this information with the Bird and Mammal Atlas, hence the title of this publication. Updating continues as new information becomes available.


The information in the Atlas documents past observations, but it also encourages use of the data to record new observations and distribution records for each species represented. Use of the Atlas by wildlife watchers who want to know where a particular species can be found is encouraged. Although latilongs cover hundreds of square miles, habitat associations, status, and abundance are good indicators of where to look for a particular bird, mammal, amphibian, or reptile. The Life Form codes and comments give further information that we hope will enhance your search for, and enjoyment of, Wyoming’s wildlife.


Resource managers, consultants, and wildlife biologists are encouraged to use this document to obtain basic information on occurrence and distribution of birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles for use in resource management decisions.

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