The Ya Ha Tinda Elk Herd: Long-term Insights into Predator-prey Ecology and Conservation

with Mark Hebblewhite

February 24, 2021 - 7:30pm

From the Bow Valley Naturalists website:

The Ya Ha Tinda is one of Alberta’s most unique ecosystems, and home to some of the best habitat for Banff’s wildlife such as wolves, elk, grizzly bears. Since 2001, Mark, his students and collaborators have conducted what is now North America’s longest running research project on elk, learning many new insights into how ungulates like elk make a living in the mountainous systems of western North America.  Mark will highlight some of the most surprising and important results of this nearly 20-year research project, and illustrate how this research relates to conservation of woodland caribou and other ungulates and their carnivore predators around the world.

Bio: Mark Hebblewhite is a Professor in the Wildlife Biology Program at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana.  He obtained his BSc from University of Guelph, his MS from University of Montana, his PhD from University of Alberta, and did a post-doctoral fellowship at UBC before starting at UM in 2006. He and his students have published > 160 scientific papers on large carnivores and their large ungulate prey from around the world. But at the core of Mark’s career and home-place is Banff National Park, and the ecology and conservation of the large mammals within it.  Mark has also served as a Board member of Y2Y for the last 6 years.

Register on the BVN website