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SO! General Meeting

Tuesday, May 14, 5:50 pm

5:50-6:20 PM: Social half hour with refreshments.
6:20-7:40 PM: meeting and presentation.
Presentation title: The Big Threat to Bighorns on Public Lands in SW Colorado
Speaker: Dan Parkinson
Presentation summary: Dan will share information about the disease threat that domestic sheep pose for bighorns on public land, the current status of bighorns in SW CO, and how interested members of Seniors Outdoors! can help by recording observations of bighorns they see while in the backcountry. Dan will be joined by Jewell Coleman, Environmental Education Program Manager for MSI, to discuss the program and how to make verifiable observations.
Speaker bio: Dan Parkinson is a retired small animal veterinarian who has lived in Durango since 1982. Dan earned his BS in Wildlife Biology, MS in Physiology working with neonatal mortality of mule deer fawns in captivity and his DVM from Colorado State University. Dan is a life member of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA), Trout Unlimited and the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Society. He is also a member of Great Old Broads for Wilderness.
Dan became involved in efforts to better protect and promote bighorn sheep in Colorado by commenting on the Weminuche Wilderness Grazing Analysis in 2016. In 2017, serving as a volunteer representative for BHA in sheep working groups, and at the request of Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Forest Service, Dan founded a citizen science effort to record observations of bighorn sheep in and near domestic sheep allotments in the Weminuche. In 2018 Mountain Studies Institute (MSI) coordinated volunteers from BHA, RMBS and Great Old Broads for Wilderness to form the Colorado Bighorn Monitoring Program which is now a state-wide program.

Meeting Place: Durango Rec Center 5:50 pm Durango Rec Center 6:20pm

Difficulty Info: Fun and Educational