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Photo exhibit: Wildlife in our backyards

June 18, 2013

Colorado wildlife live among us. Enjoy a photo exhibit by a student in CSU's graduate degree program in ecology who researched the presence of wildlife in the Cache la Poudre watershed area. Find out what animals may be in your backyard when you're not looking.

June 1-30
Whole Foods Market
2201 S. College Avenue

Northern Colorado residents can discover what types of wildlife may be "cohabiting" with them, at an educational art exhibition featuring the wildlife research and photos of Colorado State University masters student Erica Goad.

Candid camera!

The photos feature a wide variety of wildlife, including moose, bear, and mountain lion, and were taken by 27 motion triggered cameras installed around the North Fork of the Cache la Poudre watershed area.

The cameras were installed and monitored by Goad as part of her graduate research studying the impacts of rural residential development on wildlife and habitat use in Larimer County.

Culling thousands of photos

Goad sorted through the thousands of photos that were taken by the cameras and picked 28 of the most interesting ones for the exhibit.

“I hope the exhibit will be a catalyst for conversation and education about what it means to live with wildlife and the different species,” said Goad. “By understanding the patterns of how wildlife responds to different types of residential development, we can guide future development that supports healthy wildlife and habitats.”


A special reception will be held on June 6 from 6–8 p.m. at Whole Foods (light refreshments will be served) where Goad will present her work and answer questions about the photos and her research. Fact cards will also accompany each photo to provide viewers with information on each species and their habitat.

Goad is finishing up her master’s degree in CSU’s Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, which is one of the leading ecology graduate programs in the nation.Her research is based with the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology in CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources, and her co-advisors are Professors Liba Pejchar Goldstein and Richard Knight.

Sponsored by the Center for Collaborative Conservation.

As part of its efforts to support conservation outreach, collaboration and education initiatives, CSU’s Center for Collaborative Conservation provided funding to cover the costs of the art show.

Contact: Bryony Wardell