Our 2020 & 2021 meetings recorded on Zoom cloud or Vimeo


Prairie Hills Audubon Society’s  August Meeting (Historic meeting recorded)

Monday, August 16th, 2021, 6 pm MT  

Topic: Mountain Lions in our Region and other issues related to SD Game Fish and Parks.

We will show the SDGFP powerpoint, shown to the SDGFP Commission in July, that provides updates on the GFP’s estimates of the Mountain Lion population on the SD side of the Black Hills. We discuss cougar management in SD’s Prairie Unit & on some tribal lands in SD, cougar management in Nebraska as the Pine Ridge Ecosystem exists in both States on both tribal/non-tribal land. We will also discuss cougar management in Wyoming, as the Black Hills is in both states.  North Dakota & Montana will also be covered.


Prairie Hills Audubon Society’s (PHAS) June membership Zoom meeting

Wednesday June 30th, 2021, 6:00 pm MT (Historic meetings- recording on Vimeo ) 

Speaker: Michael M. Pollock of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is our speaker. 

Topic: Working with beaver for the benefit of people, fish, wildlife and biological diversity


PHAS May Meeting is Endangered Species Day  (Historic meetings- recording on Vimeo ) 

Celebrate America’s 16th Annual Endangered Species Day 

May 21st, 2021, 6 pm

PHAS will co-host west River SD’s Endangered Species Day Celebration. Charlene Bessken of the USFWS in Pierre SD spoke to us about two topics:

1. SD’s Federally listed species and give us updates on what has happened with SD listed species in the last 2 years.

2. SD’s bumble bees, which are listed or have been petitioned for listing – 

Listed:  Rusty-patched Bumblebee, Petitioned:  Western Bumblebee, American Bumblebee, and Variable Cuckoo Bumble Bee


Prairie Hills Audubon Society (PHAS) April Zoom Member’s Meeting.(Historic meetings- recording on Vimeo ) 

Thursday April 29th, 2021,  6:30 pm MT

2 topics: 1. SD GFP & killing of predators and also 2. BHNF over-cutting of conifers.

During the program we showed a video film, “Cull of the Wild” “The Truth behind Trapping” 


Prairie Hills Audubon Society (PHAS) March Zoom Member’s Meeting.(Historic meetings- recording on Vimeo) 

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021, 6:30 pm MT

will be Cory Allen Heidelberger editor and publisher of  Dakota Free Press, http://dakotafreepress.com , who will be speaking about:

Initiative and Referendum in South Dakota

What is the status of our right to initiative and referendum  after years of monkeywrenching from the Legislature and court challenges.


February PHAS meeting (Historic meetings- recording on Vimeo )

Thursday, February 25th, 2021, 6:30 PM MT 

Topic:  Tribal Efforts to Conserve Biodiversity 

Speakers: Emily Boyd Valandra, Biologist, Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s Dept. of Natural Resources – Game, Fish & Parks,

Shaun Grassel, PhD, Wildlife Biologist, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe’s Dept. of Wildlife, Fish & Recreation.

Learn about the challenges and successes in conserving biodiversity on tribal lands in South Dakota.


JANUARY PHAS Meeting (Historic meetings- recording on Vimeo ) 

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021, 6:30 PM MT (History)

Topic: Audubon Dakota – State Office Update 

Speakers: Megan Carter, Audubon Dakota, 

The National Audubon Society’s field office for SD & ND works on the restoration & conservation efforts at the Wolsey Crane Stopover Important Bird Area.  Audubon has community science projects across the country such as Audubon’s 121st Christmas Bird Count & the Winter 2021 Climate Watch survey (currently underway). Learn more about Audubon Dakota’s programs & how you can also help birds.  




NOVEMBER PHAS ZOOM MEETING (Historic meetings – recording on Vimeo )

Monday, November 30th, 2020 6:30 PM MT

Topic: Title: Climate Watch: Monitoring Birds in a Changing Climate

Speakers: Kathy Dale, National Audubon Society’s Director of Science Technology

Audubon’s newest community science effort, Climate Watch, seeks to understand how birds are being affected by climate change and to test the future range change predictions for U.S. species. Learn about Audubon’s Climate Watch program, the science that is its foundation and current results. Kathy will talk about Audubon’s ground-breaking work to model the future of birds’ response to climate change and the way you can help ground-truth how your birds are responding.


OCTOBER  PHAS MEETING by Zoom (Historic – recording on Vimeo )

Thursday, October 29th, 2020, 6:30 PM MT

Topic: Recent Mining Issues in the Black Hills

Speakers: Lilias Jarding, Ph.D., Black Hills Clean Water Alliance

Hearing a lot about mining and potential mining in the Black Hills? It’s not an accident. We’re part of an international gold rush. Learn more about this, uranium mining, and a plan to protect the central Black Hills.


September  PHAS Meeting ((Historic – recording on Vimeo )

July 31st 

Time:  Tuesday, September 29th, 2020 6:30 PM MT

Topic: Conservation of Black-backed Woodpeckers in the Black Hills

Speakers: Chad Hanson, Ph.D., research ecologist

Dr. Hanson will discuss the threats to the Black Hills subspecies of the Black-backed Woodpecker, including logging, fire suppression, and small population size due to limited suitable habitat. He will suggest key conservation steps that should be taken to ensure viable populations. 

LINK TO PHAS RECORDING ON Vimeo:https://vimeo.com/539427498


August PHAS Meeting by Zoom  (Historic – recording on Vimeo )

Time:  Thursday, August 27th, 2020, 6:30 PM MT

Topic: Black Hills National Forest - timber sustainability and the implications of overharvesting

Speakers: Mary Zimmerman, volunteer for the Norbeck Society; Dave Mertz, retired forester 

Dave and Mary will talk about the implications of over-harvesting on the forest. Their presentations may include some power-points, videos, discussion and answering questions.

  LINK TO PHAS RECORDING ON Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/539284610


July PHAS meeting by Zoom (Historic – recording on Vimeo )

July 31st 

Topic: Structural Stages and Species Viability, BHNF

Time: Friday July, 31st, 2020, 6:30 PM MT

Speaker: Kristopher Hennings, Forest Wildlife

Program Manager, Black Hills National Forest

 LINK TO PHAS RECORDING ON Vimeo:  https://vimeo.com/539354193


MAY 29th  PHAS Meeting by Zoom ( (Historic – recording on Vimeo )

 Friday, May 29th, 6:30 pm MT

 “Timber Growth and Yield Draft General Technical Report” 

– a report that documents the Forest’s not sustainable cut. 

Speaker: Jonathan Word, BHNF’s Natural Resources Staff Officer.

Link to his powerpoint


 LINK TO PHAS RECORDING ON Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/539407736


APRIL 29th PHAS Meeting by Zoom  (Historic – recording on Vimeo )

Topic: South Dakota’s River Otters

Apr 29, 2020, 6:30 PM 

Speaker: Silka Kempema of SD Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Wildlife Diversity Program 

Nancy was a little late starting the recording and missed the first three slides, which included 1. the powerpoint’s title slide, 2. a slide called Mustelid – which had 4 characteristics listed (carnivore, long body, short legs, scent glands) and 3. a slide called Biology, which had 3 points.- (adapted to life in water, indicator of water quality, associated with beaver.)


 MARCH 31st, PHAS Meeting by Zoom  ( (Historic – recording on Vimeo )

Topic: Fight to Save the Greater Sage Grouse –  

Speaker:  Erik Molvar, Western Watersheds Project was the speaker

 LINK TO PHAS RECORDING ON Vimeo:  https://vimeo.com/539416766




 February 28th,Face-to-face, with no recording

 February’s membership meeting was on GFP program on Nest Predator Bounty Program at West River Electric Co-op building,