Encore presentation on February 28th on mountain lion ecology in Jemez Mountains, major mammal surveillance project – Los Alamos Reporter

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Available again due to high demand! Join Mark Peyton of Valles Caldera National Preserve and Sarah Milligan of Bandelier National Monument on Monday, February 28 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. to discuss the ecology of the mountain lions in the Jemez Mountains and learn some of the unique observations while working with this cryptic species as part of the Large Mammal Monitoring Project.

The Large Mammal Monitoring Project is an ongoing collaboration led by Dr. James Cain with the US Geological Survey, the New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in cooperation with Bandelier National Monument, the Valles Caldera National Preserve, the US Forest Service and the New Mexico Department. The objectives of this project are to monitor the responses of mule deer, elk, black bear and mountain lion to mandated fires, recovery thinning and past wildfires.

This encore presentation will be presented in person at the Los Alamos Nature Center (with a tentative limit of 25 attendees, subject to county guidelines), but you can also attend virtually.

Personal seating is limited so please register in advance at Event Details – Pajarito Environmental Education Center (peecnature.org). Admission: Free (please choose a personal or virtual ticket).

About the moderators:

Mark Peyton is the National Park Service’s Wildlife Biologist for the Valles Caldera National Preserve. His wildlife interests include the conservation of threatened and endangered species, as well as carnivore behavior and resource use. Since the project began in 2011, he has worked with mountain lions, black bears, mule deer and moose on the Large Mammal Monitoring Project.

Sarah Milligan is the Natural Resources Program Manager at Bandelier National Monument. She began her NPS career as a firefighter at Lassen Volcanic National Park and then worked in the Fee program at Acadia National Park before transferring to Bandelier. Sarah graduated from Oregon State University with a Masters in Wildlife Management. She has worked on many projects at Bandelier including the reintroduction of native trout and beaver.

dr James Cain will not be speaking at this presentation, but is the researcher responsible for the Large Mammal Monitoring Project. He is Assistant Unit Leader of the US Geological Survey, New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and Affiliate Professor of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology at New Mexico State University. dr Cain is the principal investigator of the Large Mammal Monitoring Project in the Jemez Mountains. dr Cain’s research interests are primarily in wildlife-habitat relationships, population ecology, foraging ecology, and the impact of management practices on native wildlife species.

For more information on this and other PEEC programs, visit http://www.peecnature.org, email [email protected], or call (505) 662-0460.

Bandelier National Monument entrance fees are $25 per private vehicle, $20 per motorcycle, or $15 per bike/individual. All tickets are valid for 7 days. Camping fees are not included in the entrance fee. America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes are accepted as entrance fees. The full suite of America the Beautiful National Parks, Federal Recreation Area and Bandelier Annual Passes are available at the Visitor Center. For more information on passes and prices, visit: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm.

Bandelier National Monument is open daily from sunrise to sunset. The park visitor center and store, operated by the Western National Parks Association at Frijoles Canyon, is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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