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[Online] Webinar: Protecting Spirit of Place

Apr 21, 2021   |    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Protecting Spirit of Place: Reconstructing Highways, Maintaining Habitat Connectivity, and Respecting Tribal Culture
April 21, 2021 5:00 PM MT

The National Museum of Wildlife Art and Yellowstone to Yukon bring you a collaboration with Whisper Camel-Means. Hear about Whisper’s work involving highway reconstruction and implementing safety measures which allows wildlife to cross busy roads safely, including a wildlife crossing structure on US Highway 93 which runs through the heart of the Flathead Reservation and is one of the most extensive wildlife-sensitive highway design efforts to date in North America. She will speak to her vision of a community united around a deep respect for their natural resources for both cultural and subsistence values.

Whisper Camel-Means is an enrolled member of and working as a Tribal Wildlife Biologist for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Wildlife Management Program. The Flathead Reservation is located in west central Montana and is a major seasonal transportation corridor between I-90 and recreational opportunities around Flathead Lake and Glacier National Park. She started her career with CSKT as a biologist trainee while attending Salish Kootenai College and began working as a full time wildlife biologist after completing her Masters’ of Science Degree in Wildlife Management from Montana State University. While at Montana State, Whisper was awarded a fellowship from the Wildlife Conservation Society and the MSU-Western Transportation Institute to conduct a project on US Highway 93 pre-construction wildlife monitoring. Upon completing her degree and returning to the Flathead Reservation she continued to work on wildlife and highway projects as US 93 was being constructed and completed. She now monitors constructed underpasses and the overpass, works with federal and state agencies on all highway related issues, and works toward the future of road ecology on the reservation and across the country.

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    We went here because one of our kids wasn't feeling too well so we looked for options that were softer than trekking (summers) , and we absolutely loved it . The art work is fascinating and beautiful and varied ...a must visit - esp if its a rainy day :)

    - amazingnivs, Mumbai

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