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Nature Night: Cougar Conservation in the 21st Century

Join biologist Rick Hopkins to learn more about cougars and the conservation efforts needed to provide both habitat and connectivity for the species. ALL TICKETS HAVE BEEN GIVEN OUT.

Registration is open.  Admission is free, but tickets are required.

Our relationship with predators, particularly large predators, is driven by a fascination and curiosity that is primal. Cougars are one such species where human/predator interactions seem dramatic, but are nonetheless extremely rare. Join biologist Rick Hopkins to learn more about cougars and the conservation efforts needed to provide both habitat and connectivity for the species. Rick will explore the biology and ecology of cougars, the history of predator management and conservation including myths that are often perpetuated, and suggest a framework for modernizing predator management that promotes conservation.

Rick Hopkins is co-owner and Senior Conservation Biologist at Live Oak Associates, Inc. (LOA), an ecological consulting firm based in California. LOA provides public and private clients with science-based solutions to complex natural resource questions. Rick holds a Ph.D. in Wildlands Resource Ecology from University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. in Biology at San Jose State University. His graduate research involved a 12-year study on the spatial ecology of the cougar in the Diablo Range, above San Jose, California.

While Rick is a broadly trained ecologist with experience with several threatened and endangered wildlife species, he has dedicated the last 40 years to the study of mammalian carnivores. His research and interest with large carnivores has focused on conservation biology; population ecology; spatial ecology, and human/predator conflicts. Rick is currently President of the Board at the non-profit Cougar Fund due to his strong interest in advocating science-based conservation for cougars. He also serves on the board of Conservation Science Partners, an applied research collective whose goals are to provide innovative analytics to solve today's conservation questions.

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