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Ketterling to speak on ecosystem in Valley City

Gary Ketterling, of Valley City State University, will present a program at 7 p.m. April 17 at the Barnes County Museum, 315 Central Ave. N in Valley City. His presentation on “Explorations in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem” is part of the season 16 of the the Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series.

This presentation will focus on ecosystem concepts, wildlife issues (such as the reintroduction of the gray wolf to the park, elk and bison populations), consequences to stakeholders, invasive species and the evidence of climate change in the largest national park in the lower 48 states. A key focus will be the Lamar Valley called the American Serengeti where wolf, bear, bison and elk interactions and populations are prevalent. Hear about the wolf packs and wolves that have thrived and had an impact on the Yellowstone ecology with their reintroduction in 1995. In addition, current controversial issues that affect the Yellowstone Ecosystem will be discussed.

Ketterling is coordinator of the Great Plains Education Center at VCSU, where he plans programs and professional development for teachers and students. He has traveled with university students and teachers to Yellowstone for seven years to study the wildlife and ecology of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Ketterling is originally from LaMoure and received his bachelor’s degree in biology education from North Dakota State University and doctorate in science education from the University of Iowa. He has worked with a resource laboratory in Texas (Southwest Educational Development Laboratories), as coordinator of youth programs at the Morton Arboretum in Chicago, coordinator of problem-based learning at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Illinois, and taught at several uniiversities.

The public is invited to the free presentation.

All lectures are at the Barnes County Historical Society Museum and held in conjunction with VCSU. They are free.

For more information, contact Wes Anderson at 701-845-0966.