Welcome to our 2023 Winter Speaker Series! This year our theme is “Creatures Great and Small”
We chose four highly skilled and passionate naturalists who are studying creatures great and small which share our ecosystem in the Columbia Valley.
January 12, 7 – 8 PM Mountain Time
Cat Cowen – The Grizzly Bear at Home: An Inside Glimpse on Bear Behavior and Conservation in Interior Mountain Ecosystems
Having started her journey gearing towards veterinary sciences, Cat Cowan’s plans changed upon meeting grizzly bears in Banff in 2011. Since then, Cat has focused her career on bears and has had many unique opportunities – both in wild and captive environments – giving her a unique perspective on bear behavior, their environment, needs, drivers, the role they play on the landscape, and the ever changing relationship between bears and people. Cat is currently the Manager of the Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge and has been overlooking the wellbeing of Boo, Kicking Horse’s resident grizzly bear, since 2016.
During this presentation, Cat will be sharing her findings on individual behavior, what Boo has taught us over the years about welfare, interaction, habitat needs and how it compares to wild bears on the landscape. She will also be touching upon behavior and insight on local wildlife adapting to increased visitor and human activity in the Golden area, and how increased education and interpretation about bears ignites a change in perspective about how our wild world works as a whole.
Thank you to the Town of Golden for the ongoing sponsorship of our Winter Speaker Series.