Science Museum Lecture Series: Nichole Bjornlie
Join us September 18th at 7pm in Mars Agriculture Center Room 201 for “Multi-State Wolverine Monitoring and Conservation” lecture by Nichole Bjornlie. Nichole is a Nongame Mammal Biologist for the WGFD in Lander, WY.
This free, public lecture is part of the Science Museum Fall 2019 Lecture Series.
Wolverines have long been popular in mythology, as sports mascots, and, recently, as the well-known star of a popular Marvel comic. However, despite their popularity, wolverines are rarely seen and little is known about their status and distribution in Wyoming, which lies at the southern edge of their continental range. Concerns about the vulnerability of wolverines to climate change led to a petition to list the species in 2000, and a federal court ruling recently remanded the 2014 not warranted finding, returning wolverines to ‘proposed threatened’ status. In response to the petition, Idaho, Montana, Washington, and Wyoming, with support of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, initiated the Western States Wolverine Conservation Project in 2015 with the goal to assess current distribution and identify conservation actions. Join Wyoming Game and Fish Department Nongame Mammal Biologist Nichole Bjornlie to learn about wolverine ecology, history in Wyoming, and results of work conducted by the Department and other western states to learn more about this popular, but secretive species.
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, bats, and black-footed ferrets. In March of 2015, Nichole was hired as the Nongame Mammal Biologist where she oversees nongame mammal management and inventory for the State of Wyoming.