What happened to the millions of bison that migrated across the grasslands in the early 1800s? Have you ever heard of a black-footed ferret let alone wondered about the symbiotic relationship they have with bison on America’s Great Plains? What does it take to bring back these species and who is helping? Our guest, Chamois Anderson, is personally responsible for advancing the Defenders’ conservation programs for the American Bison and endangered black-footed ferret in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains. She collaborates with conservation partners and state and federal agencies, as well as conducts on-going education and outreach. She also facilitates partnerships with tribes across the West for bison recovery efforts and with private landowners and land managers for recovery and habitat conservation for the endangered black-footed ferret.  Simply put?  Chamois is in the know about what’s happening with America’s Serengeti and I can’t wait to hear all about what she has to say.  This show made possible due to the generous support of Tank’s Green Stuff.



  • The American northern Great Plains span 5 states and 180 million acres – we have lost nearly ½ of this ecosystem since the 1800s. It is one of the most threatened areas in our country.
  • The American Great Plains is one of the four remaining temperate grasslands in the world – the deep rooted grasses are essential for soil conservation and grazing animals.
  • The ecological role that the bison have on the Great Plains is essential – they have evolved with the grassland and are essential to it’s future.
  • The black-footed ferret is one of the most endangered species in North America – and the connection the ferrets have with the bison is fascinating! Chamois explores this connection during this podcast and the cause to their risk of extinction.
  • The sacred connection that Native Americans have with the bison is deep and strong. How children learn about and understand the bison, culturally, is enchanting. Learn more on this podcast!
  • We have federal laws, policies and state regulations to keep our animals safe – this is about preservation of all species so that we may all survive and be good stewards of the land. We better be paying attention before we get rid of the EPA or the Endangered Species Act – the impact to our health is beyond what we can imagine. The life you save might be your own.
  • How high can a bison jump? How fast can a bison run? You won’t believe it! Chamois shares everything you would want to know about these magnificent creatures!
  • In terms of sustainability, Chamois poses the question, “will the future be as good as it is now?” – in America, we have enough public land and habitat that is connected that animals can thrive. We can do this – globally and in America.
  • What does it mean to lose the laws that are in place to protect habitats and animals? The impact to the work of organizations, like Defenders of Wildlife, could be catastrophic. Listen to Mrs. Green’s podcast with Dave Chadwick and Bill Geer on Conservation Leadership: Staying the Course to hear more about the efforts being made nationally.