Monday, July 18, 2011

Flat Ranch: Upcoming Events

The Nature Conservancy of Idaho presents:
The 2011 Summer Speaker Series at the Flat Ranch

Wednesday, July 20
Wolverines of the Greater Yellowstone, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Wolverine expert Bob Inman of the Wildlife Conservation Society recently conducted a camera trap study on the rarest carnivore in North America. While most of us won't see a wolverine firsthand, you'll have the opportunity to view images of local wolverines and learn more about the challenges to studying and conserving these scrappy carnivores.

Friday, July 22 – Saturday, July 23
Nature Art Expo, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Nature Conservancy and the Idaho Art Lab present the 2011 Nature Art Expo. Stop by the Flat Ranch during Pioneer Days Antiques Weekend and browse the works of local artists on the porch of the Visitor Center. Artists from southeast Idaho will display and sell original artwork with nature themes for two full days at the Flat Ranch. Light refreshments provided by local businesses.

Saturday, July 23
Geological & Pioneer History of Southeast Idaho, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

BYU-Idaho history expert Professor Larry Coates will provide an overview of the geological history of southeast Idaho and how unique landscape features impacted pioneer settlement of the region.

Wednesday, July 27
Working Dogs for Conservation, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Come meet the dogs who are doing their part to study rare and endangered species in some of the wildest habitat on the planet, from Hawaii to China to Montana. Trainer Meghan Parks will describe the research with which these dogs assist, as well as conduct a live scent detection demonstration. Great for adults and kids, alike!

Saturday, July 30
Landscape Photography with High Dynamic Range, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Can't get the sun and the shadows into the same shot? Photos of landscapes seem more dull than when you were there? In this talk and demonstration, Dave Katsuki will show you how to use your DSLR to create more dramatic landscapes using HDR technology and software. HDR is a technique that many serious photographers are using to enhance their images. It combines multiple shots at differing exposures into a single image that can be as realistic or surreal as desired.

Saturday, August 6
Raptors of Yellowstone, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Come to the Flat Ranch to meet our resident hawks, owls, falcons and eagles. The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center will bring live raptors for a talk on diurnal and nocturnal birds of prey of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Great for adults and kids, alike!

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