Here is the official schedule of January, 2011 wolverine talks in Colorado; note that Vail has been added on January 26th. Many thanks to the Center for Native Ecosystems and all the co-sponsors who have contributed time and resources to making these events happen!
January 26th – Edwards, New Battle Mountain High School, 6-8 pm
January 27th – Golden, American Mountaineering Center, 6-8 pm
January 28th – Denver, Denver Zoo, 7-9 pm
January 29th – Boulder, REI, 6-8 pm
In February, Jason will be speaking in Wyoming and Idaho at the following locations:
February 18th: Lander, Wyoming.
February 23rd: Boulder, Wyoming.
February 25: Sun Valley, Idaho.
Details on time and venue will follow.
Also, Gianna Savoie and Nature’s Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom won a Cine Golden Eagle Award in Environment and Science! Congratulations to everyone involved in that amazing film. The documentary was also selected for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, and will be shown on Sunday, Jan. 16th at 9:45am at Oddfellows, 212 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA. Gianna herself will not be able to make it to this showing, but it’s a great chance to see wolverines on the big screen.
Finally, Montana’s wolverine trapping season is closed in region one, with two wolverines killed. The quota in this region is three wolverines, with a female sub-quota of one, which means that a female was killed this year. I’m not posting this news to rile people up, but to raise again the question of whether we know for sure that removing female wolverines – especially reproductive females, although I don’t know whether this particular female was reproductive – from population nodes is safe for the overall population. We also need more information on the extent to which Montana’s wolverines serve as genetic boosters to populations further south, and a source population for recolonization of unoccupied regions. All of these questions bear further careful consideration. I hope we find funding and motivation to get some monitoring and research underway in the near future.