Researcher to discuss Wyoming wildlife migrations

2014-04-19T00:00:00Z 2014-04-19T17:09:05Z Researcher to discuss Wyoming wildlife migrations The Billings Gazette
April 19, 2014 12:00 am

Long-term drought, energy development, residential development and expanding predator populations are challenging Wyoming’s migratory ungulates.

At the next Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expedition, Matthew Kauffman will discuss the challenges in a talk titled “Wyoming’s Ungulate Migrations: Ecology and Conservation amid Changing Landscapes.”

The free lecture takes place on May 1 at 12:15 p.m. in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Coe Auditorium in Cody, Wyo.

Working with his graduate students at the University of Wyoming, Kauffman helps researchers understand why and how ungulates migrate. In the talk, he will share what they have learned through recent studies involving mule deer, elk, bighorn sheep and moose throughout Wyoming. He explores how migratory populations are being altered by a variety of factors, in particular drought and energy development.

Kauffman is the director of the Wyoming Migration Initiative — the mission of which is to conduct research and outreach to better understand and conserve Wyoming’s ungulate migrations.

He is also director of the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit of the Department of Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming. He and his graduate students study the influence of habitat condition, drought, predation, human disturbance, and energy development on elk, wolves, moose, mule deer and bighorn sheep in Wyoming.

For more information on Kauffman’s talk and the full Lunchtime Expedition series, visit the Draper programs page of the Center’s website, or contact Charles Preston at cpreston@centerofthewest.org or 307-578-4078.

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