Jul 21, 2015

FVCC and Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks Present “Wildlife and Humans Together in the 21st Century” Lecture Series

Cristian Holding Puma (2)Patagonia Park Conservation Director Opens Series July 23


Flathead Valley Community College’s (FVCC) Natural Resources program and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) have joined forces to present an eight-part lecture series, “Wildlife & Humans Together in the 21st Century.”


Free and open to the public, the series will open July 23 with the presentation, “Wildlife in the New Patagonia National Park, Chile” by South American wildlife expert Dr. Christian Saucedo, conservation director at Patagonia Park in Chile, South America. Saucedo will provide a fascinating look at pumas and the latest actions being taken to study and conserve these and other wildlife species and their habitats at the southern end of the world.  In addition to the lecture, participants will have a chance to win one of many door prizes courtesy of Patagonia.


The series will continue August 27 with “Grizzly Bear Management and Monitoring” presented by Tim Manley, Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region One grizzly bear management specialist. On September 10, the series will continue with “Wild Horse Island Sheep,” presented by FWP Region One Wildlife Program Manager Neil Anderson and FWP Region One State Parks Administrator Dave Landstrom, who will address the management of bighorn sheep on the isolated island of Flathead Lake.


The series will continue with the following lectures:

  • October 8 – “Westslope Cutthroat Genetics and Conservation in the Flathead” by Matt Boyer, FWP fisheries mitigation coordinator, Amber Steed, fisheries research biologist, and Scott Relyea, Sekokoni Springs Fish Hatchery manager;
  • October 22 – “Protecting the Public’s Wildlife Trust: Game Warden Tales from the Field” by Lee Anderson, FWP Region One warden captain;
  • November 5 – “Comparisons Between Northern Rockies Wolf Recovery and Mexican Wolf Recovery” by Kent Laudon, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service supervisory biologist, Alpine, Ariz. (former FWP wolf management specialist in Kalispell);
  • November 19 – “Native Bull Trout in the South Fork of the Flathead Drainage” by Mark Deleray, FWP Fisheries program manager, and Leo Rosenthal, fisheries biologist for the South Fork; and
  • December 3 –Wolf Biology and Recovery in Northwest Montana and Yellowstone National Park” by Dr. Robert Ream, University of Montana professor of wildlife biology, and Dr. Douglas W. Smith, National Park Service senior wildlife biologist.


All lectures will begin at 7 p.m. and will take place in the large community meeting room inside the Arts & Technology building on the college’s Kalispell campus. Each presentation will last approximately an hour and will follow with a 20-minute question and answer period.


“Wildlife & Humans Together in the 21st Century” is supported by FVCC, FWP and a grant from the AT&T Technology and Environment Awards program.


For more information, contact John Fraley at 752-5501 or or Christina Relyea at 756-3946 or