Monarch of the Skies: The Golden Eagle in Greater Yellowstone and the American West
The Golden Eagle is the most powerful avian predator in North America but is facing many new challenges. These challenges are especially serious in the sagebrush-steppe environments of the American West.
Once the most widespread native environment in North America, the sagebrush-steppe is now among its most jeopardized. By 2080, the Golden Eagle is projected to lose 41 percent of breeding range and 16 percent of non-breeding range. Whether this apex predator will keep pace with an increasingly fragmented breeding range is uncertain.
Monarch of the Skies: The Golden Eagle in Greater Yellowstone and the American West is an exciting, new exhibition that will immerse visitors in the sagebrush grasslands of Wyoming through recreated sandstone cliffs and other habitats, stunning video and photography, taxidermy mounts, models, and other natural history objects, Native American cultural materials, rock art, and engaging interactive elements.
The exhibition will provide an especially dynamic platform for ongoing educational programming about sagebrush-steppe landscapes and wildlife, cultural associations with eagles and other wildlife, and the process and importance of scientific problem-solving.
Monarch of the Skies is slated to open to the public in June 2018, and will become a permanent extension to the Draper Natural History Museum Alpine-to-Plains Trail exhibit experience. It will occupy the Draper’s lower level, adjacent to the Plains/Basin Environment, the Greater Yellowstone tile map, and the Draper Discovery Laboratory. The Monarch of the Skies exhibit is a collaboration between the Draper Natural History Museum and the Plains Indian Museum. Stay tuned as the exhibit comes together!