Bird Banding in the Big Empty
By Zach Hutchinson
February 7, 2019
Join us for our February Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expedition lecture—the first of series for 2019. Zach Hutchinson, Community Naturalist for Audubon Rockies, presents Bird Banding in the Big Empty. The talks in this series are free, and take place in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Coe Auditorium the first Thursday of the month.
Conservation actions depend on science for sound decision-making, and in Wyoming, Audubon Rockies operates five bird banding stations to provide the local science needed for those actions. Hutchinson coordinates these banding efforts in Wyoming and Colorado; at this presentation, he shares insights about the work occurring throughout the state. Learn how bird banding happens, and how citizen scientists can get involved.
About our speaker
Zach Hutchinson is a Community Naturalist, and, as a master bander through US Geological Survey, coordinates the banding activities for Audubon Rockies. He graduated with a B.S. in Zoology from Northwest Missouri State University. Prior to his position with Audubon Rockies, Hutchinson operated programs combining science, art, and kayaks; served as an alligator conservation biologist; and was a museum operations director. He authored The Great Wyoming Bird Trail, an app guiding bird enthusiasts to finding birds in Wyoming. His passion with Audubon focuses on engaging students and adults with experiential learning through various bird research projects. His passion for conservation started from birth and his personal life greatly reflects his work life. Hutchinson also has a passion for international travel!
Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expeditions are supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch and the Nancy-Carroll Draper Foundation.
Join us the first Thursday of each month February through December for a Lunchtime Expedition! These free lectures explore a variety of natural history subjects and issues. Lectures take place in our Coe Auditorium at 12:15 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
Upcoming Lunchtime Expeditions
- March 7: Andrew Rossi with It’s not Child’s Play: Dinosaurs, Citizen Science, and the Experience Economy
- April 4: Ivy Merriot with A Timeless Star Circle: The Bighorn Medicine Wheel
- May 2: Leslie Patten with Ghostwalker: Exploring an Animal Living at the Edge of Human Awareness
- June 6:
- July 11: note the change to the second Thursday of the month
- August 1: Mike Kochert with Fifty Years of Studying Golden Eagles: What Have We Learned?
- September 5: Jeremy Johnston with a talk on conservation
- October 3: Doug Smith with Wolf Populations in Yellowstone National Park
- November 7:
- December 5: