‘Zoography: Where the Animals Are’ June topic at Werner

By: Lisa S. Icenogle
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“Zoography: Where the Animals Are and How They Got There” is the June topic for the Werner Wildlife Museum’s Wildlife Study Series on Thursday, June 16 at 7 p.m.

The talk, presented by Russell Hawley, will answer such questions as why Australia is the home of marsupials and why North American animals are similar to northern Asia. Hawley will discuss the science of biogeography. “Pioneered by Alfred Russell Wallace in the 19th century, biogeography explains the range and distribution of modern mammal species. Adaptation to local environmental conditions, plate tectonics, and migration all play a part,” said Hawley, education specialist at the Tate Geological Museum.

Working at the Tate, Hawley gives tours and produces artwork for museum displays. He also contributes a paleontology question and answer column to the museum newsletter. Hawley has worked at the museum since 1997 and has been digging up fossils in Wyoming since 1990. He illustrated “Islands in the Cosmos: the Evolution of Life on Land by Paleontologist” Dale Russell. His one-man art show, “A Thousand Unnamed Worlds,” was on display at the Wyoming State Museum in Cheyenne for a year.

The Wildlife Study Series programs are family-friendly, free, and open to the public. In the Africa-Arctic Room, programs take place on the third Thursday of each month, except for November, December, and January. All presentations are family-friendly, free, and open to the public.

For more information, call 307-235-2108 or email indiahayford@caspercollege.edu. The Werner Wildlife Museum, located off the Casper College campus at 405 E. 15th Street, is free and open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Media contact: Lisa S. Icenogle

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