- Sep 01 2022
- 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
BBCW: Talk: Bats & Bones – What’s New at the Draper Museum?
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.
If you prefer to join us online, you may register in advance via Zoom webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-QtHVfrJTsKNw66U-ifYEg
Corey 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.
Part two discusses new research that began in July: 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. Corey discusses 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.
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