Wonderlust Belgrade Events
This spring we have four Wonderlust events lined up for the Belgrade community. These programs are on Thursday evenings at the Belgrade Community Library. The library will host a social time with refreshments from 5:30-6:00 with the talks going from 6:00-7:30. This semester we are not requiring registration, but seating will be limited so get there early to save yourself a spot. These programs, including the social time and refreshments, are generously sponsored by First Interstate Bank.
March 5, 2020
Wildlife in a Fragmented World: Lessons in Connectivity Conservation from the Northern Rockies
Wildlife relies on the ability to move freely through the landscape (referred to by scientists as “ecological connectivity”) to maintain healthy populations and adapt to a changing climate. Examples from the Northern Rockies and across the globe will illustrate the challenges that wildlife faces as landscapes are increasingly fragmented by roads, pipelines, residential development, and other human land uses. We will also discuss how science is providing solutions such as wildlife corridors and crossing structures.
Instructor (bios below): Tyler Creech
March 19, 2020
Public Land Business and Local Community: A National Wildlife Refuge Example
In Southwest Montana, north of the Continental Divide, lies the remote Centennial Valley, a vast, high-elevation, nearly intact landscape of forest, sagebrush steppe, wet meadow and the largest wetland complex in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The uppermost point of the Missouri/ Mississippi watershed, 3768 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, it includes the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Conservation across land ownership lines is the goal. When partnerships pay attention to business models of the community and the model of the National Wildlife Refuge (public land), both can thrive.
Instructor: Bill West
April 2, 2020
Ayurveda: Then and Now – 5,000 years of Medicine in the Making
In the quest for enlightenment, health became a necessity. Thus dawned the time of Ayurveda – the science of life and living. Discover the ancient traditions of Indian Medicine, how the Wise Ones (Rishis) viewed the world through the five elements of life, how this medicine came to the far reaches of the world through travel and trade, and how Ayurveda is finding new life as scientific study delves into the efficacy of customized medicine.
Instructor: Leviyah Kern
April 16, 2020
Montana’s Forest Fires: Why We Just Burn Our Forests
Come hear about the unique ecology of Northern Rockies Forests with specific reference to Montana forest ecosystems. These are some of the most complex in the world due to the interaction of Montana mountain geography with western US weather patterns and the history of both Indigenous cultures and European American settlers. Wildfires have played a key role in the development of Montana forests, their role in modern forest conservation and management is a complex topic with many different perspectives. This program will put those perspectives into context with natural history, future projected climatic variability and the needs of Montana wildlife and human populations.*
Instructor: Peter Kolb