Coming to the Biodiversity Institute
- October 2nd
Ferret Town - a Documentary
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?
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The Biodiversity Institute's Director of Science Programs, Brian Barber, Joins Willow Beldon on a podcast episode of
this black-crowned night heron is part of a large collection of stuffed birds that were discovered at a school in laramie, wyoming in 2016. (photo by Willow Belden)
How a mysterious bird collection could unlock tomorrow's scientific secrets
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"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
The WyoBio Minute:
It’s a sunny day in spring, and you’re driving down a highway. You look out your window and you see a herd of pronghorn keeping pace with you. The whole herd is pushing 60, and they don’t even look winded. They’re faster than coyotes, they’re faster than wolves, they’re faster than cougars–by almost 20 miles per hour. So why are pronghorn so fast, particularly since speed comes at the expense of jumping muscles, trapping them at fences?
Geese flying high above, heading south in V-shaped flocks is perhaps the classic picture of migration—the annual, large-scale movement of birds between their summer, breeding homes and their winter ranges. But geese are far from our only migratory birds. Of the more than 650 species of North American birds, more than half are migratory species.
Bears are a widespread family of species appearing in a variety of habitats around the world. In fact you can find species of bears on the North and South American Continents as well as Asia and Europe.
There are 8 Species of bear in the Family Ursidae. Several Species of bear are animals that hibernate, going long periods of time without eating, drinking, urinating, or defecating, making these animals of particular interest to the science of medicine.
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Dr. Anna Chalfoun is an Assistant Professor in the University of Wyoming's Zoology and Physiology Department and the Assistant Unit Leader for Wildlife at the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. We sat down to talk about her career path, sagebrush songbirds, and what makes for good applied ecology research. Pikas, a lone wolf, and a hapless cow also make appearances in our conversation.
Dr. Merav Ben-David is an Professor in the University of Wyoming's Zoology and Physiology Department and the Director of the University's Program in Ecology. We sat down to talk about growing up in Israel, the plight of polar bears, and how otters are fighting climate change. Dr. Ben-David also shares stories of several close calls in the field, involving a stuck anchor, Arctic fog, and an exploding battery.
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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.
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