It’s been more than two decades since the gray wolf was reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park. At the next Draper Museum Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expedition, Dr. Doug Smith takes an in-depth look at those first twenty years of the wolves’ presence in the Park.
Smith is the Senior Wildlife Biologist in Yellowstone, and his talk is titled The Wolves of Yellowstone: The First Twenty Years. The free lecture takes place on Thursday, October 13, 12:15 p.m. in the Coe Auditorium at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. Smith discusses wolf population dynamics, predator-prey relationships, effects of the wolves’ presence on ecosystems, and wolf management in the Park.
In his current position, Smith supervises Yellowstone’s wolf, bird, and elk programs. He was formerly the Project Leader for the Yellowstone Wolf Project which managed the reintroduction and restoration of wolves to Yellowstone. He holds a bachelor’s of science in wildlife biology from the University of Idaho, a master’s in biology from Michigan Technological University, and a doctorate in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology from the University of Nevada-Reno.
Smith has written several journal articles and book chapters, and has co-authored three books. In addition to the wolf, Smith has expertise on beavers and birds. He is a sought-after speaker, and has participated in a number of documentaries. He also worked with National Geographic Magazine for the May 2016 issue dedicated to Yellowstone and the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
To learn more about the Lunchtime Expedition series and additional natural science programming, contact Draper Curatorial Assistant Bonnie Smith at [email protected] or 307-578-4020. At the November 3 lecture, Todd Guenther discusses the archaeology of the Dinwoody Glacier area in Wyoming’s Wind River Mountains.
For the Center’s full calendar of events, explore centerofthewest.org/calendar.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page.