The Eagle and the Rabbit – Predator and Prey in the Sagebrush Sea
By Charles R. Preston, PhD
May 3, 2018
Join us for our May Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expedition lecture. Our own Dr. Charles R. Preston presents The Eagle and the Rabbit – Predator and Prey in the Sagebrush Sea.
The Golden Eagle is the most powerful aerial predator in North America, capable of killing animals as formidable as deer and wolves. The eagle’s diet varies significantly across its range, however. In the sagebrush country of Wyoming’s Bighorn Basin, cottontail rabbits drive eagle reproduction and success. Understanding these relationships lays the foundation for understanding and managing wildlife communities in shrub-steppe environments across the globe. Join Preston to explore the secrets of sagebrush environments and learn how the great eagle’s lifestyle in the Bighorn Basin compares with other regions across the western United States.
About our speaker
Preston is currently the Willis McDonald IV Senior Curator of Natural Science and Founding Curator-in-Charge of the Draper Natural History Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming.
Trained as a wildlife ecologist, Preston is widely recognized as a leading authority on wildlife and human dimensions of wildlife management in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. In addition to Greater Yellowstone, he has conducted fieldwork through much of North, Central, and South America, including the Galapagos Islands.
Previously, Preston was Chairman of the Department of Zoology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. He holds or has held adjunct faculty appointments in the Haub School for Environment and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming; Biology and Environmental Science at the University of Colorado (Boulder and Denver); Environmental Policy and Management at the University of Denver; and Biological Sciences at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
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
- June 7: Brian Woodbridge with From Sagebrush Sea to Pacific Ocean: Golden Eagle Conservation in the Big Picture
- July 5: Gary Beauvais with The Wyoming Natural Diversity Database
- August 2: Larry Loendorf with Bird of Power
- September 6: Holly Copeland with Smart Siting: The First Step in Minimizing Impacts of Wind Energy for Wildlife
- October 4: Zach Wallace with Golden Eagle Conservation in the Wyoming Basin Ecoregion
- November 1: Bonnie Lawrence-Smith with Cry to Heaven: Golden Eagles and Thunderbirds in the Bighorn Basin
- December 6: Bryan Bedrosian with Beyond Borders, Bird Migrations To, From, and Through the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem