- Friday, April 7, 2017
- 1:30 PM–2:30 PM
- Science Building 010
Kourtney Stonehouse, Biologist, State of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Across the western United States, shrub-steppe habitat has been degraded by overgrazing, altered by changes in fire regimes, fragmented by urban and energy development, and converted into cropland. An estimated 55% of shrub-steppe habitat remains, making shrub-steppe ecosystems among the most critically endangered ecosystems in North America. After graduating from Calvin College in January 2009, Kourtney Stonehouse worked in 6 states researching and restoring wildlife to their native habitats, including greater sage-grouse, Columbian sharp-tailed grouse, mule deer, and elk. Her talk will focus on sage-grouse and sharp-tailed grouse habitat selection in Washington and how dozens of agencies and partners are using iconic and umbrella species to restore the shrub-steppe across the west. She will also briefly discuss some of my exciting adventures from working as a wildlife biologist.