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Death Valley Natural History Association
The Death Valley Natural History Association (DVNHA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality educational products to the public and services to Death Valley National Park. DVNHA functions as: a part of the interpretive arm of the National Park Service, a business that acquires or produces and sells materials to enhance the enjoyment of park visitors, and a philanthropic organization that disperses its net income to the National Park Service for its diverse programs.

Death Valley Fund
The Death Valley Fund is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide support and private funding for projects that preserve, protect or enhance Death Valley National Park.

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Death Valley National Park gladly accepts donations made directly to the park. For more information contact us or send a letter to:

Park Superintendent
Death Valley National Park
PO Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328

diver testing donated equipment
Researcher calibrates a donated underwater stereo-video system.

Devils Hole Pupfish Research receives significant boost thanks to the generosity of the Offield Family Foundation & Death Valley Fund
Generous donations from the Offield Family Foundation and assistance from the Death Valley Fund are helping Death Valley National Park and our primary collaborators for Devils Hole pupfish research at Iowa State University take the first big steps in moving past inherent challenges to studying the Devils Hole pupfish.
Donation of a state-of-the-art underwater stereo-video system will now enable us to sample fish lengths from the population without the adverse consequences of handling. With the new system, fish are filmed rather than handled and lengths are later determined by photogrammetry. Additionally, with accuracies of ± 1 mm SD, this new system will allow us to incorporate highly accurate measurements of pupfish length into our long-term monitoring strategy. Protocols will be developed to monitor the health of individual pupfish life stages (e.g., larvae, juvenile, and adult) in order to give us a signal of response from ongoing management efforts and to serve as an early warning from pending recruitment limitations. Perhaps most importantly, we intend to use these highly-accurate fish lengths to develop a stage-specific population model for the Devils Hole pupfish to assess existing hypotheses for the recent decline and to assess future threats to the population.
Death Valley National Park is extremely grateful for the humbling charity that has allowed us to initiate one of our highest-priority research efforts. With continued support from our partners and collaborators we hope to honor our stewardship responsibilities by advancing our knowledge of the Devils Hole pupfish.

Last updated: December 30, 2017

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P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328


(760) 786-3200

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