‘Raptors of Mesa Verde’ presentation planned for Sept. 1

A Mexican spotted owl. Enlargephoto

A Mexican spotted owl.

The Journal

Paul Morey will discuss the “Raptors of Mesa Verde,” a presentation of the 2017 Four Corner Lecture Series, at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at the Visitor and Research Center.

The program is free and open to the public.

What is the history of the park’s research and management of raptors? What does the future hold for these birds regarding potential impacts from climate change and other environmental and human pressures within and around the park? Morey plans to answer these questions and more. Some of the raptors discussed will include Mexican spotted owls, golden eagles, peregrine falcons, and northern goshawks.

Morey is the wildlife program manager at Mesa Verde National Park. He is responsible for managing wildlife in the park, ranging from bees to elk and everything in between. Paul has researched and managed wildlife for five federal agencies, including working with wolves and elk in Arizona and New Mexico, and managing elk habitat with the BLM and U.S. Forest Service in the San Juan Mountains.

The Four Corners Lecture Series features presentations about the archaeology, current Native American cultures, history, and natural resources of this spectacular area. All programs are free and open to the public.

The Four Corners Lecture Series is sponsored by ARAMARK Parks and Destinations, Edge of the Cedars, Sunflower Theater, Friends of Cedar Mesa, Canyon Country Discovery Center, San Juan Basin Archaeological Society, Hisatsinom Chapter Colorado Archaeological Society, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Cortez Cultural Center, KSJD Dryland Community Radio, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Mesa Verde Museum Association, and Fort Lewis College Office of the President, Department of Anthropology and Center of Southwest Studies.

For a list of other programs in the series, go to www.mesaverde.org/four-corners-lecture-series.

For more information about Mesa Verde, visit: www.nps.gov/meve.