Whisper Camel-Means is a Wildlife Biologist working for the CSKT Wildlife Management Program. She started her career with CSKT as a Biologist Trainee in 1997 while studying Environmental Studies at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, MT. She then transferred to the University of Montana in Missoula where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Biology. From there she attended Montana State University in Bozeman to pursue her Master’s of Science degree in Fish and Wildlife Management.
She was awarded a fellowship from The Wildlife Conservation Society (WSC) and The Western Transportation Institute (WTI) to conduct a master’s project on US Highway 93 pre-construction wildlife movements. While in Bozeman she was employed by WTI to participate in other highway and wildlife related projects including an animal detection system prototype project in Yellowstone National Park; as well as a wildlife warning signing system on Bozeman Pass. Upon completing her Master’s program she returned to the Flathead Indian Reservation to continue working for the CSKT Wildlife Management Program. Her current duties include US Highway 93 Post Construction Monitoring of the wildlife mitigation tools that have been implemented as part of that reconstruction project. Outreach and education to Reservation youth and adult community members is an important part of her job in protecting wildlife. Whisper is one of seven founding members of the SciNation on the Flathead Indian Reservation, bringing science, technology, engineering and math to Reservation youth; and helping to inspire the next generation of scientist and land stewards.
She is an active member of The Wildlife Society, on the national and state level; with achievement of her Certified Wildlife Biologist status and past president of the Montana Chapter. She is a member of the Society of Conservation Biology, and attends national and state chapter conferences. Whisper is also an active member of the CSKT Climate Change Oversight Committee working on the Reservation with regional climate change partners.