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CODY - Ever dream you were a wildlife scientist out collecting data in the field? A new opportunity for almost anyone to do just that will be revealed at a public program Nov. 13 hosted by the Meadowlark Audubon Society of the Big Horn Basin.

The free program begins at 7 p.m. at the Big Horn Federal Savings and Loan basement meeting room.

Program presenter Charles R. Preston, founding curator of the Draper Museum of Natural History at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, will describe a new project involving citizen-scientists that the museum will start in 2009. The goal is to inventory and monitor selected wildlife groups in key biological communities throughout the greater Yellowstone region, in order to provide baseline information to help track future environmental changes.

Preston is a wildlife ecologist who explores the influence of climate, landscape characteristics and human activities on wildlife. He is recognized as an authority on the wildlife and on human-wildlife relationships in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

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