Bjarne Holm Speaker Series presents Jon Nelson, Curator of Wildlife at the High Desert Museum

  • 19 Sep 2019
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Sisters Fire Station Community Room 301 S Elm St. Sisters, Oregon

Jon Nelson is the Curator of Wildlife at the High Desert Museum.  He oversees the daily care, training, and public presentation of a diverse collection of animals that cannot survive in the wild and are utilized for public education Jon’s background includes a B.S. in Natural Resources from OSU Cascades and in addition to his work at the museum he has done field biology throughout the High Desert including projects with the USGS studying the impacts of lead poisoning on raptors, and published research on behavioral relationships between golden eagles and common ravens. 

Jon plans to talk about the wildlife collection at the museum, particularly how they work with and train the animals using integrated techniques based on operant conditioning. “Training is used to encourage animals to participate in their own care, empowering them to make choices about participation which maximizes their welfare in captivity and allows us to also enhance the educational experience for our visitors.”


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