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Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society Program

The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society program “A Wildlife Biologist’s Adventures in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness” presented by Dr. James Peek, retired Professor of Wildlife Biology at the University of Idaho, and KNPS and Idaho NPS member on Saturday, February 18th at 10:00 a.m. The program will be presented to both in-person and Zoom audiences. In-person attendance will be in meeting room B at the East Bonner County Library’s main branch, located at 1407 Cedar Street, Sandpoint. Coffee, tea and treats will be available starting at 9:30 a.m. for in-person attendees. The program is co-sponsored by East Bonner County Library District and Sandpoint Parks & Recreation, and is free and open to the public.

For those wishing to view the program on Zoom, please register using the green button.

About the program:
Join Dr. Jim Peek as he tells us about his years of research in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, where exclosures were established on the Middle Fork Salmon River in the 1950s to demonstrate the effect of mule deer on their forage. These exclosures were investigated 30-40 years later and the results will be presented. In addition, the productivity of three common plant species was obtained over a 20-year period, which included responses to the 2000 wildfire. This unique record will be shown and the value of research in wilderness will be discussed.

About the speaker:
Jim majored in wildlife ecology with minors in botany and range ecology at Montana State, and in wildlife ecology and forestry at the University of Minnesota. He worked for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks for 8 years, then went to the University of Minnesota where he earned a PhD and taught wildlife courses. He came to the University of Idaho in 1973 to teach, retiring in 1999, but continued to guide graduate students and finish his research, some of which is described in this talk. He finally completely retired after finishing a history of the Lochsa elk herd, which was published in 2021. He worked with antlered and horned game, plus wolves and bears over his years as a wildlife biologist.

For questions about this program, please contact the event organizer.

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Feb 18 2023


9:30 am


Sandpoint Library
1407 Cedar St. Sandpoint, Idaho


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