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Talk: Bats and Bones – What’s New at the Draper Natural History Museum?

September 1, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT

Deployment of an acoustic monitoring station. The sensors passively record ultrasonic bat calls, which are later retrieved and analyzed using specially designed software.
Articulated skeletons of a grizzly bear and a mountain lion
Articulated skeletons of a grizzly bear and a mountain lion

By Corey Anco

September 1, 2022 Free

Join us for our September Lunchtime Expedition, Bats and Bones – What’s new at the Draper Natural History Museum?, presented by the Draper’s Interim Curator, Corey Anco. The in-person talk takes place in the Center’s Coe Auditorium, with a virtual option available.

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About the presentation

Speaker Corey Anco catches us up on what has been a busy year for the Draper Natural History Museum. In June, the Draper hosted its second Artist-In-Residence program featuring Lee “The Boneman” Post. Post worked with Draper staff, volunteers, and Center interns to reconstruct skeletons of a grizzly bear and mountain lion. With the skeletons completed, staff are working to fabricate a professional mount. Part one of this presentation focuses on the articulation process and methods.

New research is also underway at the Draper. Beginning in July, the Museum initiated an ambitious pilot research program to monitor for bats in alpine ecosystems. Wyoming is home to 18 species of bats, 11 of which are listed as species of greatest conservation need by the Wyoming Game & Fish Department. However, monitoring for bats in remote ecosystems is challenging given the weight of the equipment and difficulty of traveling over rugged terrain. In part two of his talk, Anco discuss the goals of the project, along with the methods employed to monitor bats, and shares a couple of stories from the first year of this 3-year study.

About the speaker

Corey Anco studying bones
Corey Anco studying bones

Corey Anco is the Interim Curator of the Draper Natural History Museum. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Lewis University, a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University, and a Master of Science in Biology from Fordham University. He has worked with the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Geological Survey.

Anco has held additional positions with the National Geographic Society’s Big Cats Initiative and Wildlife Conservation Society before joining the Draper Natural History Museum in 2017. Outside of the museum, He enjoys cooking, playing guitar, and backpacking in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Upcoming Lunchtime Expeditions

October 6The Costs of Thermoregulatory Behavior: How Are Moose in the Cody Region Coping as Summers Intensify? 
November 3Evidence for Glaciation in the Northwestern Big Horn Basin and the Absaroka and Beartooth Mountains
December 1Camps, Kills, and Mountain Landscapes: Records of Bison

Support for the Draper’s Lunchtime Expedition series has been made possible by Sage Creek Ranch and the Nancy-Carroll Draper Charitable Foundation.


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