Sacramento Zoo PROJECT 18-022

Sacramento Zoo Small Grant Award, $3500, to Tuleyome. Project ID # 18-022

This blog will be used to track our progress with the project funded in part by the Sacramento Zoo Conservation Fund.  Entries will appear with the most recent post first, and others following in reverse chronological order. This is a "citizen science" project and members of the public are welcome to participate if they'd like to. For more information about this project and to volunteer contact Mary at


Post 07-31-18:  

On July 26th the Sacramento Zoo’s Conservation Fund awarded Tuleyome with a grant for $3500.

The grant funds will be used to purchase field equipment for use in Tuleyome’s Certified California Naturalist program, citizen science projects, and other environmental field related studies.

The equipment will initially be used for tracking and photographing wildlife and building a baseline data base of the animal species that inhabit Tuleyome’s properties in and around the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, including the Silver Spur Ranch in Lake County. Anecdotal evidence on the ranch suggests that it is being used by mountain lions and tule elk as a thoroughfare and may also be visited by black bears. The field equipment will allow Tuleyome to find out exactly what is out there and how the property is being used by the animals.

Once the database is established, the equipment will be used to further track fluctuations in wildlife habitation from year-to-year and season-to-season and, in the future, to launch in-depth behavioral studies. All of this is being done in the hopes of creating a more effective and proactive management system for Tuleyome’s properties in the Berryessa Snow Mountain region. Data will also be made available to Tuleyome’s partners in the community including the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service and other nonprofit conservation organizations.

Although the Silver Spur Ranch was badly scorched by recent wildfires, Tuleyome sees this as an opportunity to watch how different species of wildlife reestablish themselves in their habitat in the wake of a devastating wildfire.


On 07-31-18, we also did a major post on social media and boosted the post on Facebook (on our Tuleyome account), and in one day it generated almost 4,000 hits!  CLICK HERE to see the post on our Facebook page.

The write up also appeared online through the Davis Enterprise Newspaper. CLICK HERE to view that.

The grant supplied by the Sacramento Zoo was part of its small grants program which sets aside money for projects that aim to save wild animals and wild places. The Sacramento Zoo Conservation Committee meets at least quarterly and applications are reviewed on a rolling calendar throughout the year. Tuleyome’s award was a result of the most recent grant cycle.

Our Certified California Naturalist program debuted earlier this year and was such a success that two classes are being offered in 2019. For more information about the Certified California Naturalist program, see Tuleyome’s website at or contact Mary at