Dusty Downey.

Dusty Downey

Conservation Ranching Program Lead and Community Naturalist

Dusty Downey  is the Conservation Ranching program lead for Audubon Rockies and a Community Naturalist. He was born and currently lives with his wife and two daughters on a working cattle ranch in Northeast Wyoming.  Dusty has extensive experience with cattle production, supply chain development, and animal husbandry. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in biology. Before returning to the family ranch to work for Audubon in 2005, Dusty was involved with the direction and coordination of education programs at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium and served as the education coordinator of the Cache Creek Nature Preserve in Woodland, CA. Today he serves on the Wyoming Association for Environmental Education board, is an advisor for the University of Wyoming's WYOBIO program, and is a member of the North American Association for Environmental Education. Dusty is also a Wilderness EMT and certified interpretive guide through the National Association for Interpretation. 

Articles by Dusty Downey

Curlews, Ranching, and Reconsideration
Conservation Ranching Initiative

Curlews, Ranching, and Reconsideration

— A Wyoming rancher discusses the surprising benefits of an alternative form of grazing.
Conservation Ranching During the Pandemic
Conservation Ranching Initiative

Conservation Ranching During the Pandemic

— A Q&A with two ranchers about providing local food during a health crisis.
Conservation Ranching is a Win for Wildlife and People
Conservation Ranching Initiative

Conservation Ranching is a Win for Wildlife and People

— We don't need to burn down the Amazon to produce our protein. An opinion piece published in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.