Coming to the Biodiversity Institute
- October 2nd
Ferret Town - a Documentary
In 1979 the black-footed ferret was thought to be extinct - possibly gone forever from the American prairies. Then in 1981, a small population was discovered near the remote town of Meeteetse, Wyoming, inciting a race to recover the species from the remaining 18 individuals. In this documentary, captive breeding programs, habitat protection, and political hurdles lead up to the long-awaited return of black-footed ferrets to a town that was reshaped by its discovery. "Ferret Town" presents one of the best conservation stories in the United States, posing the question- how far will we go to save one species?
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The Biodiversity Institute's Director of Science Programs, Brian Barber, Joins Willow Beldon on a podcast episode of
this black-crowned night heron is part of a large collection of stuffed birds that were discovered at a school in laramie, wyoming in 2016. (photo by Willow Belden)
How a mysterious bird collection could unlock tomorrow's scientific secrets
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"When evolutionary biologist Brian Barber first heard that some stuffed birds had been found at a Wyoming high school, he didn't think too much of it. But as luck would have it, the mysterious collection would turn out to be a goldmine.
On this episode, we tell the story of a treasure trove of forgotten specimens that could help with scientific breakthroughs decades or centuries down the road.
The story takes us from the prairies of Wyoming in the 1960s to a fancy research facility today, and shows the surprising things that can come about from a project that started on someone’s kitchen table." - Out There
The WyoBio Minute:
Catamount, painter, panther, lion, and cougar are just a few of the common names for the Mountain Lion but scientists the world over call this member of the cat family Puma concolor. By rule no animal can have the same scientific name, this insures that scientists the world over are talking about the same animal regardless of their native language.
Tis the season for food and cheer and many other holiday traditions. Wyoming bird watchers take part in a unique holiday tradition. The Christmas Bird Count. The first Christmas Bird Count occurred in 1900 when a naturalist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York encouraged people to count instead of shoot birds.
Wyoming’s all time low temperature was -63°F recorded in 1933 in Moran. So it may not surprise you that Wyoming insects have some truly improbable methods for dealing with cold. Although freezing would be a death sentence for most creatures, for the mourning cloak butterfly, it’s a way of life.
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Dr. Anna Chalfoun is an Assistant Professor in the University of Wyoming's Zoology and Physiology Department and the Assistant Unit Leader for Wildlife at the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. We sat down to talk about her career path, sagebrush songbirds, and what makes for good applied ecology research. Pikas, a lone wolf, and a hapless cow also make appearances in our conversation.
Dr. Merav Ben-David is an Professor in the University of Wyoming's Zoology and Physiology Department and the Director of the University's Program in Ecology. We sat down to talk about growing up in Israel, the plight of polar bears, and how otters are fighting climate change. Dr. Ben-David also shares stories of several close calls in the field, involving a stuck anchor, Arctic fog, and an exploding battery.
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Podcast: SciCafe: Island Birds and Biodiversity
From Darwin’s finches to the Dodo, island birds have inspired groundbreaking scientific theories. The genomic revolution and increased access to islands are now enabling a new age of island exploration by researchers.
In this podcast from April’s SciCafe, Chris Filardi, director of Pacific Programs for the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, highlights the Museum’s ongoing island research and new paradigms in island biology.
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