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Steamboat briefs: Dressen to lead discussion on pika habitat in Steamboat

U.S. Forest Service wildlife biologist Missy Dressen will be giving a free presentation, “Pika and Habitat Fluctuations Across the West,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 22 at Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs. The event is part of a monthly speaker series, which is hosted by the library, Yampatika and the Routt National Forest.

During her free discussion, Dressen will explore the biology of pika and habitat fluctuations across the West. This talk will also explore a local study on pika on the Routt National Forest and the influence of persistent snow, winter and summer temperatures and how this is influencing pika distribution.

A long-time Yampa Valley resident, Dressen has been a professional wildlife biologist for nearly 20 years and has been working for the Forest Service on the Routt National Forest for most of her career. She received her bachelor of science degree in wildlife biology and her master’s degree in ecology, both at Colorado State University. Her passion is understanding how natural disturbances such as fire, beetles and blowdown may affect forest change and wildlife.

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