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Free virtual live presentations, like our normal in person presentations, highlighting a variety of topics and partners for a wide range of ages on May 6-8, 2021. For questions and more information please contact: Melissa Robell, melissa.robell@wyo.gov.


Schedule 

All sessions are in Mountain Daylight Time. All sessions will be streamed to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Facebook Page, Wyoming Game and Fish YouTube Page and at wyomingexpo.com

 
 

Morning

Afternoon

Evening

Thursday, April 7

  Live Raptors with the Draper Museum      (4-5 p.m.)  

Thursday, April 22

    Oui Oui sous vide (7-7:30 p.m.)

Thursday, April 29 

    Don't Stop Retrieving - Training Hunting Dogs  (7-8 p.m.)

Thursday, May 6

Gross, Weird and Wacky Wildlife  (10-10:30 a.m.) Meet Jupiter the Great Horned Owl (2-2:30 p.m.) Trivia  (7-8 p.m.)

Friday, May 7

Wyoming's Scaly and Slimy Critters (10-10:30 a.m.) After the hunt: Behind the scenes!  (12-12:30  p.m.)

Picture Yourself in an Outdoor Career         (2-2:30 p.m.)
Firearm Friday: Guns that won the west!           (7-7:30 p.m.)

Saturday, May 8

Hunt like a pro: Application tips, strategy and hunt planning               (9-10 a.m.)

Keeping up with Kokanee!      (10:30-11:15 a.m.)
Painting Pronghorn: Texture and biology      (2-3 p.m.) WY Responsibly  (4:30-5:30 p.m.)



 

 

Live Raptors with the Draper Museum

April 8, 4-5 p.m.

Speaker, Organization: Melissa Hill, Draper Museum of Natural History at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
 
Description: Which one of twelve raptors will the Draper Museum's Melissa Hill show us? The tiny Remington, a saw whet owl? The large and under-appreciated Suli, a turkey vulture? Join us and see!
Melissa Hill earned her B.S. in Wildlife & Fisheries Biology & Management from the University of Wyoming. While working on her degree, she discovered her love of working with birds of prey as a volunteer for Laramie Raptor Refuge. More importantly, she discovered her passion for sharing that love of raptors with others. 

Learn about the speaker: Since those early days, Melissa Hill has worked with 23 different raptor species at four educational facilities. She has participated in all types of educational programs from free-flight birds shows to one-on-one training and from classroom presentations to all-school assemblies. She also served as Assistant Director of the Black Hills Raptor Rehabilitation Center where she helped care for injured birds of all types.Since 2011, Melissa has been the Live Raptor Program Manager at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming where she oversees a team of staff and volunteers, cares for 12 raptors, and presents programs to all types of groups in-person and online.


 
 



 

 

Oui Oui Sous Vide

 




April 22, 7-7:30 p.m.

 
Speakers, Organization: Kathryn Boswell and Nick Hogberg, Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Description: Sous vide cooking is gaining popularity, and is great for wild game. That same technology can also be used for a DIY European pronghorn mount! Learn about both techniques in this session.

Learn about the speakers: Nick Hogberg is a Wyoming Game and Fish Department fisheries biologist in Casper. He has worked for the Department since 2014. In this video, he will demonstrate a simple method to use a common kitchen accessory to turn your big game head into a finished European mount.

 

Kathryn Boswell is the Hunter & Angler Participation Coordinator with Wyoming Game and Fish Department. She plans events and builds partnerships to help people learn to hunt and fish, including the Wyoming Outdoor Expo, the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman programs and the #WYHUNTFISH mentoring program. 




 



Don't Stop Retrieving:

Training Hunting Dogs

 




April 29, 7- 8 p.m.


Speakers, Organization: Teal Cufaude and Mark Cufaude, Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Description: There is nothing like bird hunting over a dog you've trained. Find training tips and tricks here - and some beautiful hunting dogs.
 
Learn about the speakers:Teal Cufaude grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan hunting ruffed grouse and ducks with english setters and labradors. She knew she wanted to be a wildlife professional and received a wildlife management-research and ecology degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2011. Then she was hired as a game warden in 2012 with Game and Fish. Since purchasing her first pointing dog, Gus, she owned and trained two other Spinoni Italiano. Recently, she decided to get back into training and hunting with a flushing dog and purchased a English Cocker Spaniel. Training and hunting with these dogs has been a huge part of her life. She is excited to share some of the bird hunting and bird dog training tips and tricks she has learned along the way.

 

Mark Cufade grew up following family and labrador retrievers around the marshes of southern Wisconsin in pursuit of ring-necked pheasants and waterfowl. He trained his first lab, Pacer, at 15 with family and friends. He received a degree in wildlife management - research and ecology from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point in 2011 and in 2012, moved to Wyoming as a Technician and was introduced to the Spinone Italiano. He has trained three spinoni. Hopefully a little ember of what burns inside of him for bird dogs and bird hunting can help ignite a small fire of your own.




 


Gross, Weird and

Wacky Wildlife

 

May 6, 10-10:30 a.m.


Speaker, Organization: Jackie Jeambey, Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Description: Join us for an exploration of the gross, weird, and wacky wildlife right here in Wyoming! You are guaranteed to learn something that will make you think both "EW!" and "WHOA THAT IS SO COOL!" at the same time!

Learn about the speaker: 
Jackie Jeambey earned her degrees in Biology and Science Education at Miami University in 2016. Since then, she has been living and teaching in diverse ecosystems across the US, and using her free time to discover all the wacky, gross, and amazing things she can in nature!





 
 

Meet Jupiter the Great

Horned Owl

 

May 6, 2-2:30 p.m.

Speaker, Organization: Rene Schell, Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Description: Join Jupiter and Rene and learn whooooo’s a good owl! If you're lucky, he may even hoot!

Learn about the speaker:
Rene Schell is the Lander Region information and education specialist with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. She holds an M.S. in Biology and has been working with educational animals and raptors for 25 years. One of her favorite things about her job is educating others and inspiring in others a passion for wildlife.



 


Trivia



May 6, 7-8 p.m.


 
Speakers, Organization: Melissa Robell and Will Schultz, Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Description: Trivia night from the comfort of your own home. Grab a beverage and test with the best!

 

Learn about the speakers: Melissa Robell graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s of science in Fisheries and Wildlife in 2018. Since then she has done a variety of jobs focusing on outreach, education, research and diversity, equity and inclusion. She has worked in several different states including Texas, Oregon, Utah, Montana, Idaho and now Wyoming! 

 

Will Schultz is the Staff Biologist for the Wildlife Division in Cheyenne. He has been with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for over 22 years, and was formerly a District Wildlife Biologist in Saratoga and Manager of the Thorne/Williams Wildlife Research Unit at Sybille.  He is especially interested in the management of our big game species.  When he is not working, he likes to spend time mostly outdoors with his family and horses.




 

Wyoming’s Scaly and 

Slimy Critters

 

May 7, 10-10:30 a.m.

 
 
Speakers, Organization: Ashley Leonard and Andrew Gygli, Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Mason Lee, University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute
 
Description: Learn more about some of the reptiles and amphibians that live in Wyoming, and see a few of them live!

Learn about the speakers: Ashley Leonard is the conservation education coordinator for the Wyoming Game & Fish department who thoroughly enjoys teaching others about ecology, conservation and outdoor skills. She has a B.S. in Conservation Biology and a M.S. in Natural Resources and Science Education.  She is a reptile & amphibian enthusiast and excited to share some fun facts about her favorite creatures with viewers of ExpoLive! 

Mason Lee is the senior project coordinator for the University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute. She has a B.S. and M.S. in wildlife sciences and has worked with numerous endangered reptiles and amphibians in Texas and Wyoming. Horned lizards are her passion; she has served on the Horned Lizard Conservation Society board for four years and is honored to currently serve the Society as president.

Andy Gygli has a lifelong passion for reptiles and amphibians and spent 12 years studying them professionally in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. He obtained his Master's degree at UW studying montane amphibians and has worked with plains amphibians as part of Wyoming Game & Fish and the US Fish & Wildlife Service.  Andy currently works as the state's black-footed ferret biologist, but will always love his cold-blooded friends.










 



After the Hunt:

Behind the scenes!

 

May 7, 12-12:30 p.m.

 

Speakers, Organization: Chris Clark of Dan's Meat Processing and Rusty Bell of Rusty's Taxidermy

Description: What happens after you drop off your animal at the meat processor or the taxidermist? We'll take behind-the-scenes tours of Dan's Meat Processing in Evansville and Rusty's Taxidermy in Gillette - and find out!

Learn About the Speakers: Dan’s Meat Processing, Inc. is a locally owned and operated Retail Exempt meat processing facility in Evansville, Wyoming. Started in the early 70’s by Dan Clark, Dan’s operated as a custom plant doing mostly seasonal wild game and custom processing for area ranchers.  In 1991, Dan began operating the business full time and in 1994 was joined full time by his lovely wife Chris.  Dan’s Meat specializes in smoked meats and sausages, USDA Choice beef and pork, custom processing and smoking and wild game processing. In addition to Dan and Chris Clark, Dan’s Meat employs many part and full time employees. During hunting season, there may be as many as 35 people on the payroll, but throughout the remainder of the year, the average number of employees is about 8.

Rusty’s Taxidermy in Gillette, Wyoming is a small town taxidermy shop doing quality work at great prices. Owned by Rusty Bell - a Gillette native and graduate of Campbell County High School - Rusty’s has been providing full-service commercial and custom taxidermy for both foreign and domestic customers since 2008. Rusty and his full-time staff of three create between 400 and 500 pieces each year, and have won numerous individual taxidermy awards over the years. Rusty says his most memorable was a distinguished service award in 2014 for working with the Wyoming Game and Fish and Wyoming Legislature to help make Taxidermy law and regulation more business friendly. 


Picture Yourself in an

Outdoor Career

 

May 7, 2-2:30 p.m.

 

Speakers, Organization: Zach Turnbull, Rachel McKeehan, Kyle Lash,Chris Martin and Anna Senecal all from Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Rusty Bell of Rusty’s Taxidermy

Description: Guess what’s happening in photos of people getting PAID to do cool stuff, and learn about the educational path to get there.
                                                               
 Learn about the speakers: Zach Turnbull is the Buffalo Wildlife Biologist. A native of western Oregon, Turnbull earned a bachelor’s degree in fisheries and wildlife science from Oregon State University. While at the university, he worked on forest and sage grouse projects. After graduation, he worked for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on a nutrition/predation study looking at body conditions of elk, black-tailed deer, mountain lions and black bears, as well as the interactions between the species, and a study of mule deer in eastern Oregon.Since December 2005, Turnbull has worked as a large carnivore biologist with Wyoming Game and Fish stationed in Pinedale. In this position, he worked with grizzly and black bears, wolves and mountain lions, responding to and helping prevent conflicts throughout the region. Turnbull was recognized with the Friend of Agriculture award by the Green River Valley Cowbelles/Cattlewomen in 2019 for his extensive work on livestock depredation. He also received the 2015 Peer Recognition Award for the Game and Fish Pinedale Region and was a member of Game and Fish’s 2012 Team of the Year.

Rachel McKeehan spends her summer and fall outside in some of the most beautiful country in the lower 48, working as a wrangler and a camp cook with Bear Basin Adventures. Working with a pack string, caring for saddle horses, cooking over a campfire or in a dutch oven and helping people understand and appreciate the beauty and wildness of Wyoming are all in a day’s work for Rachel.
Kyle Lash was born and raised in Thermopolis, WY and always wanted to be a game warden. So today, he is living the dream! He went to college at the University of Wyoming and graduated with a degree in Wildlife Biology in the spring of 2009. Right out of school, he was hired on to work for the Wyoming Game and Fish and served as a habitat tech, and damage tech that summer/fall of 2009. He was hired on as a game warden the winter of 2009 and served as a trainee in Green River and Cheyenne. 2011 he went Kaycee, WY to be a game warden there for 2.5 years then came to Jackson in 2013. Jackson has been a great warden district, and great place to raise a family.  He and his wife and have two kids a son 5 years old named Mac and daughter 3 year old named Landrey.

In a fast paced world that is full of distractions, digital content creator Chris Martin enjoys the challenge of cutting through the noise with facts, photos, and footage that feature Wyoming's wildlife. While perhaps his career really started when he was just a Wyoming kid who tried to soak up as much time in the sun outside, he's excited to share more details about the path he took to land a career that allows him to share his passion for Wyoming's wildlife and wild places.

A Gillette, Wyoming born and raised entrepreneur, Rusty Bell turned his hobby of taxidermy into a business in 2008. Rusty’s Taxidermy provides full-service commercial and custom taxidermy for both foreign and domestic customers - and you never know what you might find in his shop! He attended the Second Nature School of Taxidermy, and is currently serving as the Treasurer of the Wyoming Association of Taxidermy Artists. Rusty and his wife Toni have been married 21 years and have two sons. Their family hobbies include hunting, fishing, bow fishing, traveling, and boy scouts.
 

Anna Senecal works for the Game and Fish as an Aquatic Habitat Biologist. As a member of the Fish Division, she works to improve access to quality stream habitats to benefit native aquatic wildlife in the Snake and Salt River drainages. When she's not wading in creeks and rivers, you might    find her rowing a boat, riding a bike or hiking with dogs and husband in tow.
 
 


 

Firearm Friday:

Guns that won the west!

 

May 7, 7-7:30 p.m.

 

Speakers, Organization: Evan Green, Wyoming State Museum

Description: Bring your antique firearm questions and learn about guns that won the west with Wyoming State Museum volunteer and firearm aficionado Evan Green.

Learn about the speaker:
Evan Green is the firearms historian at the Wyoming State Museum in Cheyenne.  He has been working since the fall of 2018 to update and expand inventory information on the Museum’s collection of some 300 firearms.

Evan Green was introduced to guns, hunting, and sport shooting at an early age on his family ranch in eastern colorado. He is a member of Winchester Arms Collectors and the Western Folklife Center. He was the Wyoming state champion in cowboy Action Shooting in 1999. Evan is a certified firearms instructor, a community service volunteer at the Laramie County Sheriff's Office, and is featured in the Firearms Friday videos sponsored by the Museum which can be viewed here. Feel free to contact him at: Corvid4570@aol.com.


Hunt like a pro:

Application tips, strategy

and hunt planning

 

May 8, 9-10 a.m.

 

Speakers, Organization: Sara DiRenzo, Jennifer Doering and John Pokallus, Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Description: You can improve your satisfaction in the field - and in the draw - with information available on the Wyoming Game and Fish website. Join Game and Fish and learn how to use the department's website and data to understand your drawing odds and plan your hunt.

Learn about the speakers:
Sara DiRienzo is the public information officer for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Sara works with the media to tell the stories of the department and deliver top-notch information to anyone interested in hunting, fishing and enjoying the state's wildlife.

 

Jennifer Doering is the License Section Manager for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.  She is responsible for licensing and limited quota draws for the Department.  In addition to a master’s degree in business administration, she also has a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, which lends a unique perspective to her current responsibilities with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.  
 

 

 

John Pokallus is the Regional Access Coordinator in the Casper Region. John works with landowners and sportspersons to reduce wildlife damage and improve the efficacy of hunting as a management tool by securing hunting and fishing access on private and landlocked public land for the general public. 




 

Keeping up with Kokanee!

 

May 8, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

 
Speakers, Organization: Alan Osterland, Rob Keith and Lars Alsager, Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Description: Kokanee Salmon are beautiful, catchable and only in Wyoming are they spawned in captivity. Join Wyoming Game and Fish Department staff and learn about the management of this game fish - and how to catch them.

Learn about the speakers:
Alan Osterland has worked for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for over 30 years.  Alan started his career working with terrestrial wildlife habitat.  Transitioned to wildlife law enforcement working as a game warden and an wildlife investigator.  Also served as the Cody Region Wildlife Supervisor and is currently serving as the Chief of Fisheries for the department.

 

Robert Keith grew up in south west Pennsylvania, spending all his spare time exploring the local woods and fishing in the streams and ponds he encountered.  After high school, he pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries Biology from Colorado State University and then a Master’s Degree in Fisheries Resources from the University of Idaho.  In 1996, Robb and his wife Lorraine moved to southwest Wyoming so he could start as a fisheries biologist on the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Green River fisheries management crew.  He spent the next 25 years working in the region, first as a fisheries biologist for six years and the remainder as the regional fisheries supervisor.  During his time with the Department, he and the crew have worked to enhance sport fishing opportunities and to protect and restore native fish populations throughout southwest Wyoming.  Fishing is a year-round pursuit for Robb whether it’s through the ice, casting off a bank, wading a river or out of a boat.  Robb has a passion for chasing Kokanee in the two primer fisheries of SW Wyoming:  Fontenelle Reservoir and Flaming Gorge Reservoir.
 
Guy Campbell began his career with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department back in 2010 when he was hired as the Superintendent of the Dubois Hatchery.  Prior to that, he spent over eleven years working for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife at a number of their fish hatcheries. In 2014, he was promoted to Assistant Fish Culture Supervisor and served in that position until 2018 and then was promoted to Fish Culture Supervisor. He currently oversees the state's fish hatchery system, wild spawning operations, transportation and stocking of fish statewide, and fish trades bringing both cool and warm water fish species into the state. 

Lars Alsager grew up hunting, fishing, and playing baseball in Idaho. From a very young age, he realized his love for the outdoors and conservation thanks to his dad who ran hatcheries for the Idaho Fish and Game. After college, he was hired by the Idaho Fish and Game where I moved up the hatchery rancks quickly before moving to Wyoming to be the Hatchery Superintendent of the Speas Fish Hatchery. In the eight years working for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, his love for the outdoors and the conservation of its rescources has only grown stronger, while he enjoys spending his free time hunting and fishing with his wife and two boys. It is a family tradition!





 


Painting Pronghorn:

Texture and biology

 

May 8, 2-3 p.m.

 

Speakers, Organization: Heather O’Brien, Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Rachel Smith, National Museum of Wildlife Art

Description: Create Wyoming's iconic pronghorn from the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, and learn about this unique species and its habitat from Heather O'Brien, pronghorn biologist with Game and Fish.

Learn about the speakers: Heather O’Brien is a Senior Wildlife Biologist with the Game and Fish Department based in Casper.  She has been a biologist with the agency for 15 years,  and serves as chair of the Pronghorn Working Group.  In recent years she has been working to improve pronghorn movements and habitat use by updating livestock fences to wildlife-friendly standards.

Rachel Smith is the Coordinator of Volunteer Resources at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, WY, and is a painter working in oil, ink, and watercolor.  She is inspired by the beauty in the contrast of the winter season; snow, clouds, ice and water are some of her favorite subjects.  Her abstract and representational art encourages the act of "slow-looking" to fully experience visual depth and texture, and enjoy the present moment.


 

WY Responsibly

 

May 8, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

 
Speakers, Organization: Lauren Seidl with Wyoming Office of Tourism, Josh Metten with EcoTour Adventures and David Whittekiend with US Forest Service

Description: 
As the least populated state with the most room for adventure, it's important to be mindful stewards for our land, animals, culture and communities. What more can you do to join this effort? Why are these conversations so important now? How can you help spread this message?

Join the Wyoming Office of Tourism as they speak with a panel of local outdoor professionals on this important topic. Learn why caring for our lands is more important than ever, tips on how to best prepare for your outdoor adventures, and ways you can keep Wyoming's lands legendary and encourage others to do the same.

Learn about the speakers: 
Lauren Seidl writes and edits content for TravelWyoming.com and oversees the creation of Wyoming's annual Travel Guide. She loves exploring Wyoming's outdoor spaces, whether that means backpacking through rugged terrain, soaking in natural hot springs or enjoying a day hike with her husband and son.
 
 
Josh Metten is from Fort Collins, Colorado and studied Natural Resources Management. Josh arrived in Jackson in 2010 leading trips in Grand Teton National Park. In 2011-2012, volunteered for Conservacion Patagonia, to assist with the Patagonia National Park in Chile. He also sits on the Leadership Committee for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He works as a naturalist with EcoTour Adventures, where Josh is a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association for Interpretation.
 
 
Dave Whittekiend began earning his Forest Service stripes in 1988 as a seasonal range technician on the North Kaibab Ranger District in Arizona. Dave went on to work on forests in Montana, Idaho and Missouri, as well as in legislative affairs at the Forest Service National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Now the Forest Supervisor on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, with 10.7 million visitors a year, Dave is committed to sustaining its health, diversity and productivity. When he’s not managing the forest’s 2.1 million acres, he’s probably camping, backpacking, running, mountain biking or fly fishing there.



Elyse Guarino and Landon Blanchard are the founders of Wyoming Rivers Cooperative, a for-profit company that works to expand Wyoming’s outdoor recreation economy in a way that works for landowners, management agencies, municipalities, the public and other local businesses. Elyse and Landon are conservation and community minded individuals with a combined 24 years of river, guiding, and outdoor education experience. 

Justin Robinson is the district ranger for the Evanston-Mountain View Ranger District of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. During his natural resources career, Justin has focused on landscape restoration efforts centered on fire resilience, fire restoration, road systems and micro habitats. He is dedicated to the health of the forest while continuing to provide outstanding recreation opportunities.