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Student's wildlife photos featured at Whole Foods

June 3, 2013

Ever wonder what wildlife is in your backyard when you aren't looking?

A moose and her calf, only a few days old, are captured in a photo taken near the edge of a high density subdivision.Northern Colorado residents can find out at an educational art exhibition featuring the wildlife research and photos of CSU master’s student Erica Goad at the Fort Collins Whole Foods Market during the month of June.

The photos feature a wide variety of wildlife, including moose, bears, and mountain lions, 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.

“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. where Goad will present her work and answer questions about the photos and her research. Fact cards also will accompany each photo to provide viewers with information on each species and their habitat.

Wildlife Research Photo Exhibition receptionA Western bluebird investigates the camera box as a potential home.

Thursday, June 6, 2013
6-8 p.m.
Whole Foods Market, Fort Collins, 2201 S. College Ave.

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 and also helped support some of Goad’s research expenses through her participation in the Collaborative Conservation Fellowship Program.

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.

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

A native of Golden, Colo., Goad is currently working with The Nature Conservancy in Boulder while she completes her graduate degree.