A Wallace Stegner Center Green Bag Series Lecture with Dave Showalter
12:15-1:15 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom (Level 6)
Located on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains and stretching from Greater Yellowstone to Telluride, Colorado, the region known as the Sagebrush Sea is a unique wildlife habitat with an abundance of natural resources. For this reason it is treasured by conservationists, private land owners, and energy developers alike.
The loss of this habitat would be catastrophic for important species like the Greater and Gunnison’s Sage-grouse. Greater Sage-grouse were once found across thirteen western states, but due to energy development and conversion of land for agriculture, they now inhabit only half of their historic range.
In addition, the gradual disappearance of sagebrush habitat in the West is having a profound effect on other wildlife species such as Brewer’s sparrow, sage sparrow, sage thrasher, pygmy rabbit, mule deer, pronghorn, and more. Sage Spirit features each of these species and the threats they face. Photographer and writer Dave Showalter has documented the seasonal changes, animal behaviors, and migrations within the Sagebrush Sea. He is working with conservation leaders, government agencies, Native communities, and private landowners to tell the complete story of the ecosystem and the way humans are using the landscape.
Through images and essays, Sage Spirit explains why responsible management of this fragile habitat is so vital.
Conservation photographer, author, and instructor Dave Showalter is focused on the American West. Dave has published two books – Sage Spirit, The American West At A Crossroads by Braided River (2015); and the award-winning Prairie Thunder by Skyline Press (2007). Dave’s photographs and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Audubon, Conservation Biology, Outside, Outdoor Photographer, High Country News, Colorado Life and elsewhere. Dave is a Senior Fellow Photographer in the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), and works in partnership with numerous conservation groups, including Audubon Rockies, The Wilderness Society, and Sierra Club. Dave and his wife, Marla live in Arvada, Colorado.
1 hour of CLE (pending). Lunch provided.
No registration required. Free and open to the public.
The King’s English Bookshop will be onsite selling this book.
This lecture is supported by a generous donation from the Cultural Vision Fund.
For questions about this event contact Spencer (801) 587-0391.
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