From Sagebrush Sea to Pacific Ocean: Golden Eagle Conservation in the Big Picture
By Brian Woodbridge
June 7, 2018
Join us for our June Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expedition lecture. Brian Woodbridge of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Western Golden Eagle Conservation Team presents From Sagebrush Sea to Pacific Ocean: Golden Eagle Conservation in the Big Picture.
Golden eagles occupy a broad range of habitats in the American West, ranging from oak savanna in California’s Coast Ranges and creosote bush in the Mojave Desert, to the sagebrush-steppe of the Bighorn Basin. In each of these landscapes, eagles rely on a unique set of resources for breeding and overwintering, and are affected by local patterns of land uses and threats. Superimposed on these local populations is a vast network of movement patterns, including long-distance migration from boreal and arctic populations, and dispersal movements of young eagles. This complexity presents a challenge for conservation of golden eagles in an era of accelerated energy development and an expanding human footprint on western landscapes. To address this challenge, Woodbridge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Western Golden Eagle Team are working with a host of collaborators to improve our understanding of this apex predator in the West, and are seeking innovative ways to integrate conservation of golden eagles into working landscapes. In his talk, Woodbridge highlights his team’s ‘big picture’ approach to understanding and conserving golden eagles in the West.
About our speaker
Brian Woodbridge is a wildlife ecologist and raptor biologist who studies the ecology of raptor populations and the influences of human activities on their habitats. During his 35-year career with the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, he has conducted research on raptors ranging from northern goshawks and spotted owls in the Pacific Northwest, Swainson’s hawks in the Great Basin and Argentina, and tropical forest raptors in Central America—always working with stakeholders to integrate research results into sound land management planning. Woodbridge currently leads the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Western Golden Eagle Team, developing conservation strategies for golden eagles and energy development in the western U.S. He has authored more than forty research publications dealing with the ecology and management of raptors in forest and rangeland ecosystems.
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
- July 5: Gary Beauvais with The Wyoming Natural Diversity Database
- August 2: Larry Loendorf with Wildlife in Rock Art
- September 6: Holly Copeland with Wind Energy in Wyoming
- October 4: Zach Wallace with Golden Eagle Conservation in the Wyoming Basin Ecoregion
- November 1: Bonnie Lawrence-Smith with Golden Eagles in the Rock Art Record
- December 6: Bryan Bedrosian with Lead Poisoning in Wildlife