The Effects of Russian Olive Removal on Small Mammals
By Jarren Kuipers
November 7, 2019
Join us for our November Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expedition lecture. Jarren Kuipers presents The Effects of Russian Olive Removal on Small Mammals. 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.
Russian olive trees were historically planted in Northwestern Wyoming and have expanded to the point of dominating many riparian habitats. This resulted in the replacement of native habitats and potentially the species that use those areas. A local four-year study was conducted by The Nature Conservancy and others to better understand the implications of removal of Russian Olive on small mammals abundance and species richness.
About our speaker
Jarren Kuipers owns and operates a wildlife and habitat monitoring company called Land Steward Services LLC in Cody, Wyoming, and Missoula, Montana. His education includes a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from South Dakota State University, and an MS in Zoology from the University of Wyoming.
He has held past positions with the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust as a Conservation Easement Specialist, Northern Prairies Land Trust as a Tallgrass Prairie Biologist, and University of Wyoming as a Research Associate studying sage-grouse in Lander, Kemmerer, Pinedale, and Jackson Hole.
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 Expedition
- December 5: Tony Mong with To There and Back Again: The Annual Movement of Ungulates in the Eastern Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem