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Free Presentation on Wolverines in Oregon on November 9 in Portland
 
October 12, 2011

 

Wolverine
Wolverine
-Photo by Audrey Magoun, The Wolverine Foundation-

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation invites you to learn about wolverines in Oregon through a free lecture by Dr. Audrey Magoun on Wednesday, November 9 at 6:00 p.m. in Portland.

Wolverines were thought extirpated from Oregon with the last confirmed sightings in the early 1970’s. Last spring, in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the US Forest Service, Dr. Magoun developed a study plan and initiated field work focused on surveying for wolverines in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. Earlier this year Magoun and her husband, Pat Valkenburg, deployed motion-detection cameras and aerial surveys to detect wolverines at high elevations. In April of this year their work paid off; 3 different male wolverines were detected at camera stations in the Eagle Cap Wilderness in NE Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains.

With funding from the US Forest Service, Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation, and the Wolverine Foundation, Dr. Magoun’s investigation this winter and spring turns to detection of female wolverines in the study area.

Join us to learn about the wolverine, the detection project in NE Oregon, and the next steps in Dr. Magoun’s research.

Admission is free, but registration is required. Registration for this lecture opens to the general public on October 13, 2011; members of Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation can register now. Register online at the Foundation’s website, www.owhf.org/discoveringwildlife. For more information or questions, contact the Foundation at (503) 255-6059. The talk will be held at the Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center of the Ecotrust Building in Portland’s Pearl District, 721 NW Ninth Avenue, Portland.

The Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation supports projects to protect, restore, and provide access to Oregon’s wildlife and outdoor resources. Since its founding, Oregon Wildlife has directed millions of dollars in funding to fish, wildlife and habitat projects throughout Oregon. Oregon Wildlife and ODFW are working together to implement the Oregon Conservation Strategy, a blueprint and action plan for the long-term conservation of Oregon’s native fish and wildlife and their habitats.

Other topics in the 2011-12 Discovering Wildlife Lecture Series tentatively include bull trout, native turtles, invasive aquatic and terrestrial species, Pacific lamprey, and burrowing owls!

For more information, contact Tim Greseth, OWHF executive director, (503) 255-6059.

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Contact:

Tim Greseth, OWHF executive director, (503) 255-6059

 
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