2018 Speakers and Movie Information and Bios

Movies and Talks at Vali 3 Theatre

Friday 7:30-9pm Movie: Wings of Life

A nature movie from Disneynature featuring incredible cinematography, high-speed, time-lapse, and micro filmmaking to showcase the lives of butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats, and flowers.

Saturday 11am-noon:  “What’s so great about prairie dogs?” – Presentation by prairie dog expert Lindsey Sterling Krank

Prairie dog expert Lindsey Sterling Krank will talk about how prairie dog colonies are considered the coral reefs of the prairie, how scientists are just beginning to understand their complex communications system and the groundbreaking techniques being used to non-lethally manage the unique species.

Lindsey is an environmental scientist who for the last ten years has led the charge to protect the prairie dog ecosystem. As director of the Boulder-based nonprofit, Prairie Dog Coalition, her work has included hands-on prairie dog translocations, conflict prevention and public education about the prairie dog’s decline and importance as a keystone species in the prairie ecosystem. In 2009, the coalition merged with The Humane Society of the United States, inspiring a nationwide campaign to protect prairie dogs and their habitat in key conservation areas on grasslands throughout their 12-state range. One of Lindsey’s great talents has been bringing together a diversity of people—conservationists, ranchers, farmers and government agencies—to better understand prairie dogs, why we need them and how to manage them non-lethally. The coalition’s work to conserve habitat where prairie dog populations can thrive is helping to revive the natural biodiversity of the American prairie, including the reintroduction of the endangered black-footed ferret.

Saturday 1pm-2pm: Unique Wetlands of San Luis Valley, Colorado Denise Culver, Colorado Natural Heritage Program

How can the world’s largest high elevation valley with an annual average rainfall of 6” support wetlands, let alone unique wetlands? Denise will talk about the diversity of wetland types and plants that call the San Luis Valley home. Denise will also present the newest tools available to study wetlands, including mobile apps and field guides.

Bio:  Denise has been an ecologist/botanist with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program in Fort Collins for 23 years.  She has been working in the ecology/botany field since 1987.  Prior to working for CNHP she worked for the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database and the Montana Natural Heritage Program.  Additionally, she worked for the National Park Service in several parks and monuments as a resource management ranger for five years. She has a B.S. degree in Botany from University of Wyoming and a M.S. degree in Biological Sciences from Montana State University.

3-4pm Movie: Million Dollar Duck – Paint Ducks, Save Ducks (2016)  Vali 3 Theatre

The Million Dollar Duck follows the humorous and heartfelt journey of six wildlife artists competing to win the Federal Duck Stamp Contest – the only juried art competition run by the U.S. government and one of the most successful conservation tools ever created. Feathers will be ruffled and some egos will be bruised, but for one contestant, winning “the Olympics of wildlife art” will be life-changing.