Monday, November 3, 2014

Wolves Are Topic Of Errington Lecture Monday Night


Burras.jpgWolves will be the topic when Douglas W. Smith, senior wildlife biologist with the Yellowstone Center for Resources, National Park Service, speaks at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, at the Great Hall in the Iowa State University Memorial Union.

Smith’s lecture, entitled “Twenty Years of Yellowstone wolves: Reintroduction to Recovery,” presents the the 50th Paul L. Errington Memorial Lecture.

Smith has served as the project leader for the Yellowstone Gray Wolf Restoration Project in Yellowstone National Park. He worked as a biologist for the project from 1994 to 97, and has been with the program since its inception. Bringing wolves back to the park was controversial and success was not assured. Many questions arose, both practical and scientific. Smith’s work has yielded a wealth of information on ecosystem response to the re-establishment of a critical predator.

Smith has studied wolves for 29 years. Prior to Yellowstone, he worked on Isle Royale with wolves from 1979 to 92, and also with wolves in Minnesota in 1983. Smith’s work has yielded a wealth of information on ecosystem response to the re-establishment of a critical predator.
The lecture is free and open to the public.

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