Rocklin, CA (October 18, 2017) — The 2017-2018 lecture series of the Sierra College Natural History Museum continues this Friday, October 20th with Dr. Matthew Holdgate presenting “How We Know Where the Wild Things Are: Wildlife Surveys in the Sierra Nevada”. Join us Friday evening at 7:30pm for information – and surprising photos from the field – of the predators, prey, and the other species with whom we share the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Holdgate, who teaches biology and anatomy courses at Sierra College, previously worked for the U.S. Forest Service and gathered data on wildlife in urban areas, forest fire treatment areas, and conservation easements. While collecting this data he employed a variety of field techniques, including traps, tracks, cameras, and more, many of which will be on display. Along the way he also collected numerous photos and stories of the wildlife and landscapes he encountered. This evening he’ll share those experiences with us as he explains how we know what species inhabit the Sierra Nevada – the answer may surprise you!

Holdgate has worked in zoos, nature centers and with other nonprofit groups. Currently a biology and anatomy professor at Sierra College, he was executive director of the New York State Zoo in Watertown, N.Y. and the Navajo Zoo in Window Rock, Ariz. He received his Ph.D. in biology studying zoo elephant welfare using GPS-equipped anklets, and his research has been published in scientific journals.

This presentation is part of the Sierra College Natural History Museum’s 2017-2018 lecture series, and will be held on Friday, October 20 at 7:30 pm in Sewell Hall, room 111. Tickets are available at the door. Prices are General $5 / Students and Seniors $2 / Museum members free. All proceeds benefit the Sierra College Natural History Museum.

The Sierra College Rocklin Campus is located at 5100 Sierra College Blvd in Rocklin. There is no charge for parking after 4pm on Friday. For more information, call the Sierra College Natural History Museum at 916-660-7926.