Biologists and Biology in Montanagonia: Partners in Conservation at the End of the World

Scientific Disciplines
Biological Sciences - Terrestrial
montana fish wildlife and parks
Partners of the Americas
Montana Tech, Department of Biology
Montana-Patagonia Chapter of the Partners of the Americas
Partners of the Americas program
south american
Volume 16, No. 4

Biologists and biology in montanagonia: Partners in 
conservation at the end of the world

Jim Williams, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.  490 N. Meridian Rd. Kalispell, Montana 59901
The Montana-Patagonia Chapter of the Partners of the Americas in both Argentina 
and Montana was established during the 1980s.  Rick Douglass, Department Head and 
Biology Professor at Montana Tech, has been largely responsible for keeping this volunteer 
organization active and viable for the last 20 yrs. The Partners of the Americas program was 
initiated nationally during the Kennedy administration.  Each State in the U.S. is paired with 
a Central or South American Country.  During the last 20 yrs a host of wildlife and fisheries 
biologists have volunteered to travel back and forth from Patagonia to Montana. Culture 
and education exchanges have focused on biology and have been completed in the areas of 
fisheries management, electro-shocking, wildlife survey and inventory, grazing systems, 
hunting systems, puma conflicts, environmental education and more. Patagonia biologists in 
Argentina have implemented groundbreaking research and management programs that have 
promoted the conservation of endemic species at the southern tip of the South American 
continent. Participation in the Partners of the Americas Program has enriched the careers and 
lives of professional biologists in both hemispheres.