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Treading Lightly Lecture Series: Go Find It! Digging Deeper on Conservation Detection Dogs

March 11, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

$5 – $10

From time immemorial, humans have found ways to explore, learn from, and connect with the natural world. We do this in a variety of ways, some of which leave more footprints than others. This year, our lecture series explores how we can study and observe the natural world while doing our best to minimize our impact. Join us as biologists, philosophers, conservationists, and more share their work and their views on how to learn from nature while treading lightly.

Our second speaker is Kayla Fratt, Communications and Outreach Coordinator at Working Dogs for Conservation. Kayla fell in love with training animals early on, but didn’t realize at first that training could be a career path. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Organismal Biology, Ecology, and Evolution from Colorado College with a concentration in animal behavior. She worked for a conservation nonprofit in Colorado before switching gears to work as a dog behavior consultant for several years. She knew she’d really found her calling when she realized she could link her love of biology with her knowledge of dog training and behavior through the field of conservation detection dogs. She was a finalist for a Fulbright scholarship to study the selection of conservation detection dogs before joining the team at Working Dogs for Conservation.

Join us for Kayla’s lecture, Go Find It! Digging Deeper on Conservation Detection Dogs. From working with black bears in Missoula to jaguars in Costa Rica, Working Dogs for Conservation uses a novel approach to gathering scientific data. Their conservation detection dogs collect data without trapping animals, taking blood, or other potentially invasive practices. Dogs used in this way are almost inherently low-impact for the species being studied, and provide scientists with a new way to tread lightly on the landscape while gaining important information about poaching, invasive species, and more. Come learn what the field of conservation detection dogs is all about!

Check out our full list of speakers and topics here.

Cost per lecture: $10; $5 MNHC members; FREE for high school and college students. Purchase tickets HERE.

Thank you to our Title Sponsor, the Good Food Store, and to the Dram Shop for sponsoring our lecture series!



March 11, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$5 – $10
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Montana Natural History Center
120 Hickory St.
Missoula, MT 59801 United States