Harold McCracken, the first director of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, became famous in the 1920s through his adventures hunting bears, filming wildlife, and exploring in Alaska. After spending more than eight years living in this incredible environment, wildlife biologist Kristine Sowl shares her own experiences with the abundant wildlife of the Alaska Peninsula.
Currently, Sowl studies wildlife ecology in subarctic ecosystems and manages the non-game bird program (landbirds, shorebirds, raptors, and seabirds) at Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge in western Alaska. She has spent more than 25 years working as a biologist on public lands in Alaska, including Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge, and brief stints at the Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge and Aniakchak National Monument.
Her talk, which is titled Home of Massive Bears and Diminutive Geese: Wildlife tales from the Alaska Peninsula takes place August 16, 5:15–7 p.m., in the Center’s Coe Auditorium. A light reception is scheduled to follow the event.
Sowl received her bachelor of science in biology from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 1985 and completed a master of science in wildlife biology from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 2003. Her most recent work focuses on the breeding and migration ecology of Beringian shorebirds, including the bar-tailed godwit, black turnstone, bristle-thighed curlew, western sandpiper, and Pacific subspecies of dunlin.
For additional information about this event, contact Mary Robinson, Housel Director of the McCracken Research Library, at [email protected] or 307-578-4063.
This lecture is cohosted by the Center of the West’s Draper Natural History Museum and the McCracken Research Library. The Draper after Dark and Natural History Lunchtime Expeditions lecture series are organized and hosted by the Draper Natural History Museum and supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch and the Nancy-Carroll Draper Foundation.
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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. #100YearsMore