September series to look at invasive species

By: Lisa S. Icenogle
Image of fossil bones with the words "Wildlife Study Series."

Invasive species will be the topic for the Sept. Werner Wildlife Series Thursday, Sept. 16. Titled “A Brief History of Life on Earth and Invasive Species,” the program will begin at 7 p.m.

Guest speaker Brian Connely will look at Earth’s complex ecosystems that have evolved in environments that trended toward separation and geographic isolation. “Tectonic movement has contributed to increased biodiversity on Earth, but now humanity is threatening that very biodiversity through invasive species introduction and movement,” said Connely, Natrona County Weed and Pest District Supervisor.

Join Connely to learn what we are doing and what we can do to mitigate this Anthropocene extinction. Connely has been with NCWP for 20 years and has an intimate knowledge of the invasive species challenges that the world is facing today. A lifelong naturalist, traveler, adventurer, and passionate conservationist, Connely brings enthusiasm and keen observation skills to all subjects dealing with nature and the environment, according to Museum Assistant India Hayford.

The Sept. session of the Werner Wildlife Museum Study Series will occur in the Arctic-Africa Room at the museum. The Wildlife Study Series programs are family-friendly and free, and open to the public. For more information, call 307-235-2108 or email

The Werner Wildlife Museum is located off the Casper College campus at 405 E. 15th Street and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Media contact: Lisa S. Icenogle

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