It has been a busy year for the Draper Natural History Museum. In June, the Draper hosted its second Artist-In-Residence program featuring Lee “The Boneman” Post. Lee worked with Draper staff, volunteers, and Center interns to reconstruct skeletons of a grizzly bear and mountain lion. With the skeletons completed, staff are working to fabricate a professional mount. Learn about the articulation process and methods in part one of this presentation.
New research is underway at the Draper. Beginning in July, the Draper initiated an ambitious pilot research program to monitor for bats in alpine ecosystems. Wyoming is home to 18 species of bats, 11 of which are listed as species of greatest conservation need by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, however, monitoring for bats in remote ecosystems is challenging given the weight of the equipment and difficulty of traveling over rugged terrain. We’ll discuss the goals of the project, the methods we’re employing to monitor bats, and share a couple of stories from the first year of this 3-year study.
These programs are supported by our sponsors: Sage Creek Ranch and Nancy-Carroll Draper Charitable Foundation.