Dates: Tuesdays; Jan. 23–Feb. 27

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Hope Lutheran Church

This course is an exploration of the wildlife ecology of the Yellowstone area focusing on the dozen or so large mammal species. A brief review of the geology of the area is included as well as human interactions from prehistory (archeology and myths) and historic times that relate to the animals. An area of about 11,000 square miles, covering the Yellowstone “dome” with Yellowstone Park at its center, is the focus of the course. The course objective is to provide information to increase the understanding and enjoyment of this unique area.

Class Format: Lecture and discussion

Readings: A list of sources will be distributed in class

Instructor: Harold Picton

PictonHarold Picton earned his PhD in physiology from Northwestern University. He is an Emeritus Professor of Wildlife Management (MSU), a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and author of several books about wildlife. He has received several professional awards for his work in science and communication. He was associate producer of a DVD about Montana’s wildlife history and has taught at the Yellowstone Institute in YNP for decades.