We regret that our October 3, 2013 Lunchtime Expedition lecture has been canceled, as the speaker is a National Park Service employee and cannot attend due to the government shutdown.
As a private not-for-profit, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West is not otherwise affected by the shutdown and remains open as usual.
For much of the twentieth century, grizzly bears were seldom seen in Grand Teton National Park. According to Sue Consolo-Murphy, the park’s chief resource manager, the bears “visibly arrived” in the early twenty-first. In a talk October 3 at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, she discusses how both wildlife watchers and park rangers have responded to the change. She says, “We’ll look at how social science has contributed to understanding and managing the challenges of grizzly bear recovery in one of Wyoming’s more iconic landscapes.”
Consolo-Murphy’s talk is part of the Center’s Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expedition series. Titled The Challenges of Success: How Social Science and Other Factors Influence Bear Management in Grand Teton National Park, the free presentation takes place October 3, 12:15 p.m. in Center’s Coe Auditorium.
The Chief of Science and Resource Management at Grand Teton National Park, Consolo-Murphy directs programs to study and protect fish and wildlife, native vegetation, air and water quality, and cultural resources. During her National Park Service career, she has helped restore the swift fox to South Dakota’s Badlands, spearheaded removal of Yellowstone’s Fishing Bridge campground to restore grizzly bear habitat, and worked with Trout Unlimited to remove two diversion dams from Grand Teton to improve fish passage.
For more information on this lecture and the Draper Museum’s Lunchtime Expedition series, visit the natural history programs page. On November 7, Tom Easterly presents an update on sage-grouse management in the Big Horn Basin.
Since 1917, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West has been committed to the greatness and growth of the American West, keeping western experiences alive. The Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, weaves the varied threads of the western experience—history and myth, art and Native culture, firearms, and the nature and science of Yellowstone—into the rich panorama that is the American West.