Wildlife biologist Zach Wallace’s work focuses on human impacts to wildlife and their habitats, with an emphasis on raptor ecology. At the next Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expedition, he shares his expertise with a presentation titled Golden Eagle Conservation in the Wyoming Basin Ecoregion.
The free talk takes place Thursday, October 4 at 12:15 p.m. in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Coe Auditorium.
Wallace contends that the Wyoming Basin Ecoregion ranks among the highest quality habitats for golden eagles in North America. “Vast and relatively undisturbed sagebrush steppes, diverse topography, and abundant prey populations make the Wyoming Basin a stronghold for this iconic raptor,” he says. “Human activities and expanding development of natural resources present both challenges and opportunities for the conservation of golden eagles and their habitats.”
Currently a zoologist for the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database (WYNDD) at the University of Wyoming, Wallace has spent many years compiling data and literature on golden eagles as part of an effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop an ecoregional conservation strategy for the species. In his talk, he reviews the current state of knowledge on golden eagles, new tools to support broad-scale conservation planning, and long-term coexistence of eagles with development.
Wallace earned his MS degree in Wildlife Sciences from Oregon State University. He has worked as a consultant to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to industry groups, and to Native American tribes on the effects of human activities such as wind energy development and religious harvest on golden eagles. In his current position with WYNDD, Wallace’s research also includes field studies and analyses of vertebrate species of concern, ranging from amphibians to songbirds to bats.
Lunchtime Expedition lectures are organized by the Draper Natural History Museum and supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch and the Nancy-Carroll Draper Foundation. The series continues on November 1, when the Draper’s Curatorial Assistant, Bonnie Lawrence-Smith, presents Cry to Heaven: Golden Eagles and Thunderbirds in the Bighorn Basin.
To learn more about the Draper Museum’s natural science programs, visit centerofthewest.org/explore/greater-yellowstone-natural-history or contact Smith at [email protected] or 307-578-4020. Explore the Center’s full calendar of events at centerofthewest.org/calendar.
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Image: Zach Wallace in the field with a golden eagle. Photo by Mike Lockhart.