Ghostwalker: Exploring an Animal Living at the Edge of Human Awareness
By Leslie Patten
May 2, 2019
Join us for our May Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expedition lecture. Author Leslie Patten presents Ghostwalker: Exploring an Animal Living at the Edge of Human Awareness. Her talk explores how mountain lions go about living such secretive lives. Her presentation is followed by a book signing. 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.
Patten discusses how to recognize lion sign on the landscape, what new technologies are revealing about their social lives, and the impact a growing population of wolves and grizzly bears is having on mountain lions. Exciting new research coming out of Yellowstone National Park and Panthera’s Jackson study has given us greater insight into these elusive predators. Readings, along with unique video footage, will assure an interesting and lively lunchtime talk.
About our speaker
Leslie Patten has worked with land her entire life as a gardener, professional landscape designer, and a volunteer on a wide variety of wildlife studies. In 2005, she moved to a small cabin in northwest Wyoming. She is the author of three books, her latest one on mountain lions titled Ghostwalker: Tracking a Mountain Lion’s Soul through Science and Story.
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 6: John Mionczynski with Some Interesting Plants of the Ancient People of the Yellowstone
- July 11: Robert B. Smith with Anatomy of Old Faithful and Upper Geyser Basin and Its Ties to the Yellowstone Magma Reservoir (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 Theodore Roosevelt, the Unscrupulous Concessioner, and the Insane Adversary
- October 3: Doug Smith with Wolf Populations in Yellowstone National Park
- November 7: Jarren Kuipers with The Effects of Russian Olive Removal on Small Mammals
- December 5: Tony Mong with To There and Back Again: The Annual Movement of Ungulates in the Eastern Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem