Conservation Lecture #1
“Roosevelt Elk in Northwestern California” – Presented by Carrington Hilson from
California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Micaela Szykman Gunther, Tim Bean, and Erin Nigon from Humboldt State University (HSU). Additional collaborators and contributors will be present. The lecture will be held in the Zoo’s Flamingo Room at 7:00 PM and preceded by a reception beginning at 6:30 PM.
The CDFW and HSU are working together to examine elk populations in northwestern California. The main goal of this collaborative study is to estimate elk abundance and compare several survey techniques for monitoring elk populations in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. In addition, this study is examining habitat use, resource selection, behavior, recruitment, disease, and cause-specific mortality.
Carrington Hilson is an Elk Research Biologist for the CDFW. She is currently working to examine elk abundance and population characteristics in Del Norte and Humboldt counties. Carrington served as the Wildlife Disease Biologist for Arizona Game before returning to Humboldt County where she received her Master’s degree in Wildlife from Humboldt State University. Micaela Szykman Gunther and Tim Bean are Professors in the Department of Wildlife at HSU. Erin Nigon is a graduate student in the Wildlife program and also a Technician on the elk project with CDFW.
The Mission of Sequoia Park Zoo is to inspire conservation of the natural world by instilling wonder, respect and passion for wildlife.
As an AZA accredited facility, Sequoia Park Zoo incorporates wildlife conservation as an essential part of its mission. This includes spreading awareness about threats to wildlife and habitats, inspiring conservation action among our visitors, and helping to fund conservation field work.