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In 1979 the black-footed ferret was thought to be extinct - possibly gone forever from the American prairies. Then in 1981, a small population was discovered near the remote town of Meeteetse, Wyoming, inciting a race to recover the species from the remaining 18 individuals. In this documentary, captive breeding programs, habitat protection, and political hurdles lead up to the long-awaited return of black-footed ferrets to a town that was reshaped by its discovery. "Ferret Town" presents one of the best conservation stories in the United States, posing the question- how far will we go to save one species?
The Biodiversity Institute's Director of Science Programs, Brian Barber, Joins Willow Beldon on a podcast episode of
How a mysterious bird collection could unlock tomorrow's scientific secrets
"When evolutionary biologist Brian Barber first heard that some stuffed birds had been found at a Wyoming high school, he didn't think too much of it. But as luck would have it, the mysterious collection would turn out to be a goldmine.
On this episode, we tell the story of a treasure trove of forgotten specimens that could help with scientific breakthroughs decades or centuries down the road.
The story takes us from the prairies of Wyoming in the 1960s to a fancy research facility today, and shows the surprising things that can come about from a project that started on someone’s kitchen table." - Out There
Podcast: SciCafe: Island Birds and Biodiversity
From Darwin’s finches to the Dodo, island birds have inspired groundbreaking scientific theories. The genomic revolution and increased access to islands are now enabling a new age of island exploration by researchers.
In this podcast from April’s SciCafe, Chris Filardi, director of Pacific Programs for the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, highlights the Museum’s ongoing island research and new paradigms in island biology.