Online Nature Nights

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All are welcome for these informal & informative presentations by 

  • Geologists of Jackson Hole

  • Wyoming Native Plant Society

  •  JH Bird & Nature Club.

Attend our meetings online via Zoom! 

*August events will be held in-person at St. John's Hansen Hall, as well as online.

TUE, AUG 3, 6:00 p.m.
Magmatic flare-ups in Cordilleran orogenic systems, presented by Jay Chapman, University of Wyoming.

How well do we understand these Western US states that we live in (Wyoming included!)? Professor Jay Chapman and students have been working to unravel and explain evidence of major igneous and volcanic events across the West. 

Analysis of the remnants of ancient volcanic arcs (e.g., Sierra Nevada Mountains) reveals that magmatic activity is punctuated by periods of extreme magma production, separated by relatively quiescent lulls on time scales of 10s of millions of years.  What causes the dramatic changes in magma generation is one of the great mysteries in the tectonics community.  A range of hypotheses have been proposed to try to explain the "pulse" of these volcanic arcs, including that faulting in the retroarc thrust belt (e.g., western Wyoming) could cause the flare ups.  Join University of Wyoming geology professor Jay Chapman as he explores & offers possible explanations for this phenomenon. 

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Meeting ID: 874 7383 8051 Passcode: 170931

TUE, AUG 17, 6:00 p.m.
Wyoming's geologic resources, hazards and groundwater: Projects at the Wyoming State Geological Survey, presented by Erin Campbell, Wyoming Geological Survey.

Wyoming’s financial health has long been tied to minerals extraction, and even in a changing world this remains true today (oil, gas, coal, uranium, trona). One of the State’s departments that is little known but instrumental in enabling this is the Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS). But the WSGS contributes far more to Wyoming than only work related to mineral resources.  The WSGS is tasked with studying energy and mineral resources, geologic hazards, fossils, and groundwater in Wyoming.  From critical mineral exploration to landslides, the WSGS researches Wyoming’s geology to support the interests of the people of Wyoming. Dr. Erin Campbell, Wyoming State Geologist, will give an overview of projects occurring at the WSGS and will report on current geologic issues within the state.  

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Meeting ID: 810 4492 6749 Passcode: 009745

Teton Plant Society

"A Salute to Sagebrush: Restoring Native Plant Communities in the Heart of the GYE" To watch recording, click HERE

"Virtual Tour of the Rocky Mountain Herbarium" To watch recoding click HERE

"Teton Plant Society: “Retracing History Reveals Ecological Shifts in the Greater Yellowstone,” To watch recording, click HERE


JH Bird & Nature Club

TUE, AUG 24, 6:00 p.m.
Acoustic Raptor Monitoring in the Teton-2-Snake Fuels Reduction Project Area

Presented by Bryan Bedrosian,Teton Raptor Center. The Teton Raptor Center has partnered with the Bridger-Teton National Forest to identify and protect sensitive raptors within the Teton-to-Snake Fuels Reduction Project treatment areas.  Bryan will update us on the project, which has helped determine the presence of goshawks, great gray owls, boreal owls, and flammulated owls to protect nest sites.

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Meeting ID: 830 7256 3026
Passcode: 396004

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TUE, SEPT 14, 6:00 p.m.
Feeding Ecology of Birds

Presented by Bill Gette, Naturalist and Educator. Did you ever wonder how birds see at night?  Did you know that some species of birds, the specialists, eat only one thing?  Did you know that some species of birds use tools to feed?  Bill will discuss these interesting topics and many more.  Feeding ecology is the relationship between the environment, evolutionary processes, and the feeding behavior of different organisms.  Bill will explain the different categories of birds (e.g., carnivores, insectivores, fructivores); discuss the wide variety of physical adaptations for feeding (e.g., foot structure, wing shape, bill shape); discuss the acute senses of birds (e.g., sight, hearing, smell), and review the many ways birds feed.

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Meeting ID: 886 2764 0553
Passcode: 367588

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 Past programs:
"Birds and Windows - a Bad Place to Meet" To watch recording, click 
"The Wonder of Bird Migration" To watch recording click HERE 
"Winter Bird Identification & Christmas Bird Count Prep" To watch video recording, click HERE

Look at the 100+ presentations the Bird and Nature Club has presented with the library since 2012!