Idaho Amphibians: Then & Now
September 25, 2019
We are excited to announce our first lecture in the Discover the Naturalist Within Lecture Series, Dr. Charles "Chuck" Peterson will be presenting "Idaho Amphibians: Then & Now."
Dr. Peterson is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Idaho State University and the Affiliate Curator of Herpetology for the Museum. He teaches introductory biology, herpetology, and ecological photography. His research interests include the spatial, physiological, and conservation ecology of amphibians and reptiles, especially in the Northern Intermountain West. He coordinates the Idaho Chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and manages the Idaho Amphibian and Reptile iNaturalist Project.
Peterson is an avid nature photographer and seeks to use his photography to conserve and restore amphibian and reptile species and their habitats.
This is free to the public.
Natural History of Pronghorn Antelope in the Snake River Plain: Pronghorn, Pahsimeroi, and following the path of Fichter
Join us for a free lecture by Scott Bergen concerning the iconic Pronghorn antelope, a symbol of the western United States but their nature, history, conflicts and success are rarely appreciated in public light. During the evening we will revisit, why this species unique to North America is iconic and at the heart of Edson Fichter’s body of lifework. Pronghorn antelope recent history within the Snake River Plain, their mobile life history, and challenges of preserving this species in the face of a rapidly changing planet will be discussed.
Scott Bergen is a spatial ecologist who has lived in Idaho working with pronghorn antelope since 2008. He uses satellite and GPS technologies to highlight, discover, and estimate how environmental factors garnered by these newer technologies can provide for a better ecological understanding of focal species inherent needs to complete their life history. In his career he has worked with Archbold Biological Station, NASA, Smithsonian Institution, The Nature Conservancy. His current work is with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game where he has worked as a senior wildlife biologist since v2012.
The lecture will be held in our Discovery Room.
Engaging Citizen Naturalists in Monarch Butterfly Conservation
Beth Waterbury will delve into the biology of the monarch butterfly. The monarch butterfly is the official state insect of Idaho, and the Gem State is one of 11 western states that contribute to the western monarch population. Western monarchs are in dramatic decline requiring an “all hands on deck” approach to conserve this iconic species. This presentation will provide an overview of monarch butterfly biology, life history, population status, and conservation actions needed to avert further declines. Learn how you as a citizen naturalist can be an essential partner in western monarch recovery by helping to collect monarch and milkweed observations, create and protect monarch breeding and migratory habitat, and help answer key research questions about how best to aid the western monarch.
Beth Waterbury has worked as a wildlife biologist for 30+ years for the states of Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and California. She retired from Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s Salmon Region in 2018 after leading the Salmon Region’s Wildlife Diversity Program for 16 years. From 2016-2018, she led the first statewide survey for monarch butterflies and their milkweed host plants in Idaho, and worked with The Xerces Society, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to develop the Western Monarch and Milkweed Mapper online database to gather public-sourced observations. Recently, Beth served as editor of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Western Monarch Conservation Plan. Her personal interests include habitat restoration, gardening, glass art, and photography. Her passion and camera lens pivot more and more to the many rare, understudied, and at-risk species whose stories need telling.
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