Apply today for 2016 Camp Monaco Prize on Yellowstone Biodiversity

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The Draper Natural History Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and its partners are accepting applications for the $100,000 Camp Monaco Prize. The research prize focuses on Yellowstone biodiversity.

Yellowstone elk by Gabby Barrus

Yellowstone area elk. Photo by Gabby Barrus. 1988

a topic that cuts across ecology, economy, and culture

The Draper Natural History Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West has released a Call for Proposals for the 2016 Camp Monaco Prize. The partners—Draper Museum, University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute, and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation-USA—plan to award the $100,000 prize to the most deserving individual(s) or entity with a project focused on conservation of native biodiversity in the Greater Yellowstone Area. The submission deadline is December 31, 2015.

The Camp Monaco Prize is named for a hunting camp that Prince Albert I of Monaco and William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody established near Yellowstone National Park in September 1913. A hundred years later, the Prince’s great, great grandson, Albert II, marked the occasion with a visit to Cody and the presentation of the first Camp Monaco Prize on September 18, 2013.

From proposals submitted in 2013 by more than 20 domestic and international organizations, institutions, and agencies, Yale’s Dr. Arthur Middleton, and National Geographic‘s Young Explorer Joe Riis earned the award for their project on elk migration. Their research has led to an upcoming exhibition of their work at the Center in spring 2016.

“One of the compelling aspects of the Middleton/Riis project is that it attempts to bring scientists, government agencies, policy-makers, and the general public together around a topic that cuts across ecology, economy, and culture,” said Jury Co-Chair Dr. C.R. Preston, Willis McDonald IV Curator of the Center’s Draper Natural History Museum. “Their approach holds real hope for effective biodiversity conservation in the 21st century. We're looking forward to learning what others are proposing in the latest round of submissions.”

Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2015. For more information, check out the Center’s website, or call Preston for details at 307-578-4078.

Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily through October 31. On November 1, hours change to 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. For additional information, visit the Center's website or its pages on Facebook and Google+.

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