The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation is thrilled to welcome four scientists currently working in and around the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness to our Science in the A-B webinar starting at 6 p.m. MDST on Wednesday, March 24. Our guests, representing a range of scientific fields and research entities, will discuss their work and what it means for wilderness conservation.
Montana State University PhD student Simone Durney will talk about her research studying an alpine butterfly species in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the flower species it uses for food and habitat, and how climate change is affecting this relationship.
Spatial ecologist Tyler Creech at the Center for Large Landscape Conservation will present a recent study he co-authored assessing wildlife habitat connectivity in the Custer-Gallatin National Forest, and how its findings can benefit informed decision-making in ongoing Forest Plan Revisions.
Fisheries Biologist Carol Endicott will discuss Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' efforts to conserve Yellowstone cutthroat trout in and around the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, and how the wilderness' alpine waters may serve as a refuge for the cold water fish as climate change warms the rest of its habitat.
Professor Jacki Klancher from Central Wyoming College will update us on the ABWF-sponsored Glacier Monitoring Project, describing the challenges of collecting data from such a remote and dangerous environment as melting glaciers in the heart of the Beartooths, and why that information is worth the effort.
Following the individual presentations, we will host a panel discussion to talk about unexpected findings during their research, pressing conservation questions that need to be addressed, and ways that everyday folks can get more involved in science. We will then take questions from the audience. We hope you can join us and our esteemed guests at 6 p.m. MDST on Wednesday, March 24, but if not, you will be able to watch a recording of the even