Mountain Lion: RMNP's Top Predator (Field Seminar)
Aug. 23-24, 2013, Rocky Mountain Nature Association, Estes Park
Classroom meets at 9 a.m. at Rocky Mountain Nature Association, Estes Park
Cost: $150 for members and students
(one credit Front Range Community College; for educators, counts as professional development hours)
$160 for non-members
Course Description: Spend two days with biologists Dr. Don Hunter and Caroline Krumm learning about the mountain lion (Puma concolor), Colorado's top predator. Instructors will take students into the field for hands on instruction in the tools and methods used in research and management. In addition to an academic overview, students will receive practical instruction on how to “read” the signs left by mountain lions. After taking the course, students will be better equipped to gain an understanding of how the mountain lion fits into wildland and urban ecosystems, including its relationship with the people and communities of the Front Range.
Each day begins in the classroom with a morning of lectures and presentations that cover mountain lion ecology, such as physical characteristics, habitat preferences, prey base, ecological niche, life history details, and human-lion interaction. In the afternoon the class moves to MacGregor Ranch, learning basic habitat characterization, prey identification, mountain lion movement, remote camera trapping, and radio telemetry.
Note: The seminar will include moderate hikes of less than 4 miles per day.
Registration and Payment:
1. Online via http://www.catconservancy.org
2. Send an email to Caroline Krumm at firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Mail a check to
2313 Cedarwood Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80526
4. Call (970) 215-3759
For information, contact Caroline Krumm at email@example.com