Wild and Scenic Film Festival - Wild Child
December 12, 2020 at 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific
Mark Elbroch, PhD – The Cougar Conundrum - Sharing the World with a Successful Predator -
A Conversation about Cougars
Presented on August 6, 2020
Mountain lion biologist and expert Dr. Mark Elbroch, in his just released book: The Cougar Conundrum, delivers a resource for how humans and mountain lions can peacefully coexist in close proximity. Dr. Elbroch calls on readers to ignore uninformed hype and instead arm ourselves with knowledge and become active participants in the creation of cougar conservation management strategies.
Colby Anton, PhD – The Yellowstone Cougar Project
Presented on August 20, 2020
Colby Anton is a native of the Bay Area of California and has been studying large carnivores for over a decade throughout the West. Since 2009, he has contributed to large predator research in Yellowstone National Park. For his dissertation research, he implemented a noninvasive genetic sampling project to estimate cougar populations in northern Yellowstone and deployed cutting edge tri-axial accelerometer collars to monitor cougar and gray wolf predatory behaviors. This collaborative research has contributed yet another piece to the growing knowledge base that surrounds the diverse Yellowstone ecological landscape.
Like most predators in western North America, cougars in the Yellowstone region suffered population declines following intensive eradication programs in the early 1900s. After a fifty-year absence, cougars re-emerged in Yellowstone National Park (YNP) in the 1980s. During this workshop, we will discuss key findings from nearly thirty years of cougar research that has shed light not only on their cryptic behavioral patterns and ecological relationships with other large mammals but also the cutting-edge technological advances employed to study large carnivores in the world’s first national park.
Rosemary Schiano – Living with Lions in the Wildland-Urban Interface
September 10, 2020 at 1:00 - 2:30 PM PT, 2:00 - 3:30 PM MT, 3:00 - 4:30 PM CT, 4:00 - 5:30 PM - ET with Q&A afterwards.
In this presentation Rosemary addresses both the need to protect lions and other predators and discusses practical non-lethal methods, devices, guardian animals and structures that homeowners, small farms, livestock farms and ranches can use and deploy to protect pets, farm animals and livestock from predation. Rosemary will include a focus on the natural history, ecology and behavior of mountain lions, and the challenges they face on the modern landscape.
Rosemary Schiano is an independent wildlife field biologist, tracker and educator. She served from 2011-2019 with the US Forest Service in the high Rockies of Colorado. Rosemary has over 40 years of experience in the field studying wildlife across North America with an emphasis on terrestrial and avian predators. She trains and certifies federal and state agency personnel, wildlife professionals and law enforcement officers in classes and workshops on living with predators, natural history and ecology of predator species, bear spray, aversion and hazing techniques, and how to apply them. She also gives public talks and classes about predators, non-lethal methods for protecting pets and livestock, aversion techniques and co-existence. Rosemary has tracked hundreds of mountain lions, bears, wolves and coyotes over the course of her career and regularly hazes predators upon request for homeowners and ranchers. She has managed ranches and never lost an animal to predation.
Will Stolzenburg – Discussing Saving America’s Lion September 24, 2020 at 1:00 - 2:00 PM PT, 2:00 - 3:00 PM MT, 3:00 - 4:00 PM CT, 4:00 - 5:00 PM - ET with Q&A afterwards.
Author of Heart of a Lion, Rat Island, Where the Wild Things Were and most recently Towpath’s Tail - Stolzenburg tells us he writes about animals, for three reasons: “Because I find them wondrous, and good for the soul. Because it haunts me to know how badly we treat so many of them. And because they deserve every voice, every compassionate ally we can muster on their behalf.” Join us for this lively and informative discussion.
Panelists Gowan Batist, Jane Santorum and Robin Parks - Coexisting with Wildlife on the Urban Edge
October 15, 2020 at 1:00 - 2:30 PM Pacific with limited live Q&A afterwards. (2:00 - 3:30 PM Mountain, 3:00 - 4:30 Central, 4:00 - 5:30 PM Eastern)
|Gowan Batist||Jane Santorumn||Robin Parks|
Heeding the urgent call to coexist with mountain lions and other wildlife, today a growing number of professional and hobby farmers are embracing the time-honored husbandry practices that have worked for centuries to keep wild and domestic animals safe. They're also employing emerging techniques and leading-edge technology and research. This presentation features three panelists with years of on-the-ground experience in keeping people, pets, and livestock safe while peacefully coexisting with mountain lions and other wildlife.
Katie Dolan, MFA, MES - Cougars, Conservation, and Canines: For Families
October 29, 2020 at 1:00 - 2:30 PM Pacific - with limited live Q&A afterwards. (2:00 - 3:30 PM Mountain, 3:00 - 4:30 Central, 4:00 - 5:30 PM Eastern)
How do cougars adapt to a changing world? What's family life like for a cougar? What should you do if you are lucky enough to see a cougar in the wild? How have celebrity cougars changed the world? How can pet owners help cougars and other wildlife? Join author and conservationist Katie Dolan to learn more in a presentation for families.
Katie's Wildlife Ambassador series combines watercolors, information sidebars, and storytelling to explain conservation issues to adults and children. In Charles, the Crowded Cougar, a gregarious Newfoundland dog befriends an orphaned mountain lion and helps him out of a prickly situation. Along the way, readers discover ecological roles of cougars, Native American views, cougar family life, and ways to reduce human-cougar-pet conflicts.
Receive a copy of "Charles, the Crowded Cougar" signed by author Katie Dolan with a donation of $20 (selecting the book "ticket" does not automatically register you for the event).
Lisa Robertson, Co-founder of Wyoming Untrapped - Stephen Capra, Executive Director of Footloose Montana - Chris Smith, Southern Rockies Wildlife Advocate of WildEarth Guardians - Trapping Issues in the West
November 12, 2020 at 1:00 - 2:30 PM Pacific with limited live Q&A afterwards. (2:00 - 3:30 PM Mountain, 3:00 - 4:30 Central, 4:00 - 5:30 PM Eastern)
Interest in trapping is dwindling nationwide, but still it's estimated that fur trappers kill 3-5 million animals each year for their pelts. Millions more die in trapping programs run by state and federal agencies, homeowners, and private pest control companies. The death toll includes non-target animals - including some endangered species or pets - accidentally caught in these indiscriminate traps.
We'll talk with the conservationists and advocates who have devoted their careers to getting traps off of our landscapes, especially on public lands and recreation areas where they pose a risk to humans, domestic animals, and wildlife alike.
In this panel discussion, you'll learn who's working to eliminate these risks across the American West – and you'll learn how you can help.
|Lisa Robertson||Stephen Capra||Chris Smith|
Lisa Robertson, has been involved with land and wildlife conservation projects for more than 30 years. She pilots her small Cessna aircraft, from which she takes big-picture images of the landscape to document wild places, often those at risk. She has provided pro-bono aerial radio telemetry and monitoring for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wolf Recovery Project and for various non-profit organizations, agencies and individuals researching and documenting populations of wolves, grizzlies, cougars, coyotes, elk, and other species. She's cofounder of Wyoming Untrapped.
Stephen Capra, career-long conservationist and anti-trapping campaigner, heads up the Missoula-based Footloose Montana, where he's working to eliminate indiscriminate trapping from public lands where people and dogs recreate.
Chris Smith's role at WildEarth Guardians is to protect persecuted and imperiled native wildlife species in the desert southwest and the Southern Rockies. He works on trapping, endangered species, ending wildlife killing contests, and reforming the way wildlife is governed.