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Wonderlust Belgrade Events

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.

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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

Tyler Creech
Tyler Creech is a spatial ecologist with Bozeman’s Center for Large Landscape Conservation. He develops tools to inform conservation, focusing on landscape connectivity for wildlife populations and mitigating climate change impacts. Tyler holds an M.Sc. from MSU (studying disease ecology of elk) and a PhD from Oregon State University (studying climate change vulnerability of desert bighorn sheep).
Bill West
Bill West managed national wildlife refuges in Montana for 30 years. His skills include partnership building for conservation of fish and wildlife, neighbor/ landowner relationships, sustainable agriculture, negotiations with Native American Tribal governments, and the management of wild bison, trumpeter swan, grizzly bear and Arctic grayling. Bill managed the National Bison Range and Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. He retired from the US Fish and Wildlife Service in April 2019.
Leviyah Kern
Leviyah Kern is committed to restoring optimal health for every person & body, through energy integration, lifestyle alignment & nutritional wisdom. Leviyah has been practicing medicine since 2008 and officially enrolled with the California College of Ayurveda in 2015. She is set to graduate Spring 2020 as a Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine. It was during a yearlong stay with her Polish grandparents that she fell in love with the elder years and decided to specialize in Elder Care.
Peter Kolb
Peter F. Kolb is an MSU Extension Forestry Specialist and Associate Professor of Forest Ecology & Management at the Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, U of M. His research spans forest restoration, post wildfire recovery, windbreaks, impacts of forest debris treatments and climate on forests, and private forest ownership trends. In 2008 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the Institute for Forests and Forest Management at the University of Weihenstephan in Bavaria.