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April 2017 Program

Swan Valley Carnivores

by Adam Lieberg

Wolverine – Photo Credit: Kalon Baughan

Adam Lieberg with Swan Valley Connections will provide an update on the Southwestern Crown Collaborative Carnivore Project at the monthly Flathead Audubon Society meeting. His team has been monitoring rare carnivores since 2012 by obtaining more concrete data on their distribution, abundance and genetics. The project combined and developed a set of non-invasive survey techniques focused on monitoring multiple species across a large and diverse landscape. To date, the project has been successful in identifying 41 individual Canada lynx and 32 wolverines occupying the project area. More information on the project can be found at www.swanvalleyconnections.org/forest-carnivores/.

Adam Lieberg works for Swan Valley Connections as a professional wildlife tracker, naturalist, and educator. He specializes in monitoring rare carnivores through a variety of non-invasive methods, including interpreting tracks and sign, collecting genetic samples, and running remote sensing camera traps. While Adam spends a great deal of time collecting wolverine and Canada lynx scat for research purposes, he maintains that moose poop is the only kind he brings home and uses for incense. Adam believes it is a crime against nature to let a fresh track go by unnoticed on the trail, and enjoys teaching natural history to people of all ages and walks of life.

Join us Monday, April 10 at the Gateway West Community room in Kalispell at 7 PM. The event is free and open to the public.

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