Wildlife biologist and photographer John Carlson will tell a story of grasslands that weaves together his personal and professional lives. The story will be a reflection on a lifetime of living and working in grassland through the use of anecdotes and photos (with a few graphs, maps, charts and/or figures thrown in - but mostly photos!). He will answer the question of "Why do grasslands matter?" for him - and for all of us.
John Carlson is the Grassland Conservation Coordinator for the US Fish and Wildlife Service Prairie and Mountain Region, based in Billings. He was formerly the Branch Chief for Resources and Sage-Grouse Implementation Lead for Montana/Dakotas Bureau of Land Management. John obtained his BA in Zoology from the University of Montana and MS in Zoology and Physiology from the University of Wyoming. He was born and raised in northeastern Montana and has had a strong interest in wildlife in general and birds specifically for as long as he can remember.