Spear-O Mountain Campus Final Summer Lecture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 8, 2016

Contact: Wendy Smith Director of Marketing and Public Information, Northern Wyoming Community College District (307) 674-6446 ext. 2801 | wsmith@sheridan.edu 

Summer is quickly leading to fall but Spear-O still has a free opportunity to soak up the wilderness and take advantage of the last bit of summer and the last FREE lecture in the summer lecture series.

Nestled in the Bighorn Mountains, Spear-O Mountain Campus at 8,300 feet, Spear-O operates under a special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service, granting access to 67,850 acres of land in the mountain range for educational purposes. This allows the campus to put on some of the most unique events in all of Wyoming.

One of the marquee events at Spear-O each summer is the Mountain Lecture Series. These FREE lectures bring experts in a variety of fields to the mountaintop, utilizing Spear-O’s unique position and resources as part of the talks. Registration is NOT required for any of the lectures, but we recommend bringing a pack lunch.

We are very excited to present the final lecture:

Bats, Bats and more Bats

August 20 | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Nichole Bjornlie will speak about basic bat ecology. Topics will include: life history strategies, emerging conservation challenges, and mutually beneficial enjoyment of bats. How to live with bats or not.

Nichole Bjornlie has been working in conservation and management of nongame and sensitive mammals since 2006.  An Iowa native, Nichole received her BS in Animal Ecology from Iowa State University in 2006 and her MS in Natural Resources from the University of Arizona in 2009 studying the ecology and space use of the endemic Arizona gray squirrel.  Since joining the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in 2010, she has worked with species ranging from prairie dogs, pygmy rabbits, and Preble’s meadow jumping mice to swift fox, black-footed ferrets, and bats.  In March of 2015, Nichole started as the Nongame Mammal Biologist and is in charge of overseeing nongame mammal management and research for the State of Wyoming.

For more information about the Mountain Lecture Series or Spear-O Mountain Campus, contact Trudy Munsick, Co-Director, at (307) 751-8173 or tmunsick@sheridan.edu.