Past, Present, and Future for Black-footed Ferrets in Wyoming
By Jesse Boulerice
July 6, 2017
Join us for the July Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expedition lecture. Non-game biologist Jesse Boulerice of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department presents Past, Present, and Future for Black-footed Ferrets in Wyoming.
Last year marked the 35th anniversary of the rediscovery of black-footed ferrets (Mustela nigripes) in Meeteetse, Wyoming, a fortuitous moment that irrefutably saved the species from the brink of extinction and initiated one of the most successful wildlife conservation stories in history. Since then, Wyoming has been vitally linked to the recovery of the black-footed ferret as home to both the site of rediscovery as well as the first reintroduction site in the world. Since ferrets were released at the Shirley Basin Reintroduction Site in 1991, regular population monitoring has documented the cyclic nature of a species striving to establish itself in the wilds of Wyoming. In 2016, we welcomed a historical event in ferret recovery, as a second reintroduction site was established in Wyoming at Meeteetse, returning ferrets back to the exact location that the species was originally re-discovered 35 years ago. Boulerice shares the story of the past, present, and future of this famous endangered species in Wyoming.
About our speaker
Boulerice is a wildlife biologist with eight years of experience specializing in conservation of nongame species. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Clarkson University in upstate New York in 2007, and his masters of science degree in Wildlife Science from Auburn University, Alabama, in 2011. He then worked for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as a sensitive species biologist. In 2012, Boulerice accepted a position as nongame biologist with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Under this role, he led projects associated with mammal species of conservation concern in Wyoming, including forest carnivores, spotted skunks, and prairie dogs. Since 2014, he has been the lead biologist for black-footed ferret recovery efforts in Wyoming. In 2016, Boulerice led efforts to re-establish black-footed ferrets in Meeteetse, Wyoming, returning the species to the location at which it was re-discovered 35 years ago.
Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expeditions are supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch.
Join us the first Thursday of each month April through December for a Lunchtime Expedition! These free lectures, supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch, 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:
- August 3: Todd Wilkinson with An Afternoon with Grizzly 399
- September 7: Larry Todd with High Elevations, Old Sites, and New Perspectives on Human Paleoecology in Wyoming’s Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
- October 5: Corinna Riginos with Oh Deer! The Problem of Roads as Barriers to Deer Migrations and Movements in Wyoming
- November 2: Craig Lee with The Archaeology of Alpine Snow and Ice in the Mid-latitude Mountains of the Greater Yellowstone and Beyond
- December 7: Dan Thompson with Resurgence of the Carnivore: Realities in the World of Large Carnivore Conservation and Management