Wildlife Speaker Series in Idaho Falls

WILDLIFE SPEAKER SERIES – February – March, 2016
The ARTitorium on Broadway, 271 W. Broadway, Idaho Falls, ID
Doors open at 6 with presentations starting at 7 pmIdaho Department of Fish and Game and the Nature Conservancy are hosting a series of presentations on iconic wildlife species of the Greater Yellowstone area.  Special thanks to sponsors for the series –Heart of the Rockies Initiative, the Mule Deer Foundation, Trout Unlimited, and Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.

This is your chance to interact with leading regional fish and wildlife experts as they describe the ecology of iconic Yellowstone area species and present results of ongoing research, management and conservation efforts.  Presentations will be Thursday evenings during February and March at the ARTitorium on Broadway just west of Yellowstone Highway.  Doors open at 6pm with presentations starting at 7 pm.  No-host refreshments will be available prior to the presentation.

February 11th – Frank van Manen –“Yellowstone Grizzly Bears: 40 Years of Scientific Discovery.”  Frank van Manen is an ecologist who blends his research interest in large carnivores with landscape ecology.  In 2012 Frank became Team Leader of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, a cooperative research team that addresses monitoring and research needs for the Greater Yellowstone grizzly bear population.  His research focus for the past 25 years has been on bear ecology and management.

February 18th – Matthew Kauffman –Wyoming’s Big Game Migrations:  Ecology and Conservation amid Changing Landscapes” – Matthew Kauffman is the Director and Co-founder of the Wyoming Migration Initiative and is director of the USGS Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.  His research combines work on animal physiology, behavior, and demography to better understand population and landscape-level processes, including a strong focus on ungulate migration, the influence of habitat condition, predation, human disturbance, and energy development.

February 25th – Dan Garren –  “Range-Wide Approaches to Managing Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout – A Call to Arms for a Conservation-Reliant Species in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem”.  Dan is the Upper Snake Region Fisheries Manager for Idaho Department of Fish and Game and has worked with Idaho Department of Fish and Game for the past 15 years.  Dan manages the wild trout fisheries within the Idaho portion of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, including Henry’s Lake, the Henry’s Fork River, and important waters for the native Yellowstone cutthroat trout.

March 3rd – Kimberly Heinemeyer – “Wolverine Regional Ecology, Conservation, and Interactions with Winter Recreation” – Kim Heinemeyer is Director of Conservation Science at Round River Conservation Studies and leads a study of how wolverines respond to winter recreation, including snowmobiling and backcountry skiing.  The winter recreation project is a partnership with the Payette, Boise, Sawtooth, Caribou-Targhee and Bridger-Teton National Forests, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Grand Targhee National Park, the Idaho Snowmobile Association, and a number of additional partners including ski resorts.

Presentations will be followed by a question and answer period.

For additional information contact:
Rob Cavallaro, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, 208-525-7290 email:rob.cavallaro@idfg.idaho.gov or Marilynne Manguba, The Nature Conservancy, 208-221-5142 email:  mmanguba@tnc.org

Limited seating is available.  Please reserve your space by emailingmmanguba@tnc.org or calling 208-221-5142.

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