Elk, Aspen, and Birds
Jenny Edwards, science teacher at Natrona County High School, where she teaches Physical Science and IB Environmental Systems and Societies, will be our guest speaker for our September program. She recently received her Masters of Science in Science Education from Montana State University, and defended her thesis on elk, aspen, and birds in the National Elk Refuge.
Aspen stands are not only beautiful to the human eye, but also provide valuable habitat to birds throughout the Rocky Mountains. However, high densities of elk and other ungulates can alter the structure of aspen stands through browsing. Jenny’s investigation sought to understand how the multitudes of elk wintering in the National Elk Refuge impacted aspen stand structure, growth, and bird populations.
Come and hear more about her thesis on Friday, September 11, 2015, at 7PM at the Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Building at 2211 King Blvd. As always, the program is free and open to the public!!