Library hosts'Big Game Migrations'

 

Courtesy: Wyoming Migration Initiative

Game biologists release a collared mule deer as part of the tracking process of the Wyoming Big Game Migrations project.

"Wyoming Migration Initiative: The Science and Archaeology of Wyoming's Big Game Migrations" is the title of the third enrichment program at 7 p.m. March 30 at the Saratoga Branch Library. The event, sponsored by Friends of Saratoga Library, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will also be served.

The presentation, by Gregory Nickerson, tells the story of people and their connection to wildlife in motion, all richly portrayed with photographs and film.

In recent years new GPS radio collar technology has allowed University of Wyoming biologists to track big game migrations at new levels of detail, leading to better understanding of ungulate ecology. The findings have revealed American's longest-known mule deer corridor from the Red Desert to the Hoback, and also helped to identify hidden obstacles that impede migrations.

At the same time, archaeology shows people have hunted big game along migration corridors for thousands of years. The presentation will include discussion of American Indian travel routes and wildlife corridors in the Saratoga and Bridger Pass area.


Nickerson is a writer and filmmaker for the Wyoming Migration Initiative, which tracks and analyzes wildlife migration corridors around the state. Greg works to share that information with the public through social media, public presentations, and published works. Originally from Big Horn, he formerly worked on a history documentary series in Philadelphia, and as a journalist covering the legislature for WyoFile.com.

 

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