Lecture series focuses on region's wildlife

2014-07-13T00:00:00Z Lecture series focuses on region's wildlife The Billings Gazette
July 13, 2014 12:00 am

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Draper Natural History Museum and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition are partnering to offer a series of summer evening programs that focus on some of the region’s iconic wildlife.

The programs take place July 18, 22 and 30 at the Center of the West in Cody, Wyo. Each begins at 6:30 p.m. with a reception; the presentation follows at 7:30.

On Friday, David Jachowski presents “Wild Again: The Struggle to Save the Black-footed Ferret.” Since the 1981 rediscovery of the ferret, once feared extinct, near Meeteetse, Wyo., tremendous efforts have been made to breed and reintroduce them back into prairie dog colonies across the Great Plains. Jachowski’s talk delves into the ecological, social and political challenges of conservation in the West, using the story of the black-footed ferret’s recovery as an example.

Emmy-winning wildlife cinematographer Bob Landis will share some of his amazing footage from Yellowstone National Park at the July 22 program. Landis has produced films for programs like National Geographic and Nature; his most recent project is “Catch Me If You Can,” which tells the story of a wolf doing its best to survive and thrive in the world’s first national park.

Michael Leach, author of the best-selling book of Yellowstone essays titled “Grizzlies on My Mind,” is the speaker at the final program of the series on July 30. A former park ranger, he shares his unmatched passion for Yellowstone National Park in his talk.

For more information on this special lecture series, visit the Draper Museum’s program page on the Center of the West’s website, or contact Draper program coordinator Bonnie Smith at bonnies@centerofthewest.org or 307-578-4020.

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