Join Sacajawea Audubon for “The Birds of Yellowstone” presented by Doug Smith, YNP Senior Wildlife Biologist for the wolf, bird and elk programs. Doug’s talk will highlight two different projects and the issues facing YNP area songbirds, raptors, trumpeter swans, common loons and colonial nesting birds. The program is free and open to the public. The social begins at 6:30 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 West Graf (off of S. 19th).
Doug Smith PhD is a Senior Wildlife Biologist in Yellowstone National Park. He supervises the wolf, bird and elk programs – formerly three jobs now combined into one under Doug’s supervision. His original job was the Project Leader for the Yellowstone Wolf Project which involved the reintroduction and restoration of wolves to Yellowstone National Park. He helped establish this project and position. Doug received a B.S. degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Idaho in 1985. He has published a wide variety of journal articles and book chapters on beavers, wolves, and birds and co-authored two popular books on wolves (The Wolves of Yellowstone & Decade of the Wolf which won the 2005 Montana book award for best book published in Montana) as well as publishing numerous popular articles. A third book, Wolves on the Hunt, is due out in May 2015. His professional interests include wolf population dynamics, wolf-prey relationships, restoration of ecological processes, raptor conservation, and beaver population dynamics. He is a member of the Mexican Wolf Recovery Team, the Re-Introduction Specialist Group, and Canid Specialist Group for the IUCN. Besides wolves, birds and beavers, he is an avid canoeist preferring to travel mostly in the remote regions of northern Canada with his wife Christine and their two sons Sawyer and Hawken.