HISTORIC MEETINGS FROM 2020 & 2021
Past two year’s meeting videos – recording is on Zoom cloud or Vimeo
Prairie Hills Audubon Society’s (PHAS) 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 will also discuss cougar management in SD’s Prairie Unit & on some tribal lands in SD. We will discuss 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.
The meeting is recorded to the on Zoom cloud (8/25/21 This Zoom location is only temporary – Vimeo links are permanent ) :
LINK TO PHAS RECORDING on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/590257448
Prairie Hills Audubon Society’s (PHAS) June membership Zoom meeting will be about beaver
When: at 6:00 pm MT Wednesday June 30th, 2021, (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
LINK TO PHAS RECORDING ON Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/585509489
PHAS May Meeting is Endangered Species Day May 21st. (Historic meetings- recording on Vimeo )
Celebrate America’s 16th Annual Endangered Species Day
on 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
LINK TO PHAS RECORDING ON Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/553605916
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” – you can find it here: https://vimeo.com/268875305
LINK TO PHAS RECORDING ON Vimeo: – https://vimeo.com/587401118
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.
LINK TO PHAS RECORDING ON Vimeo : https://vimeo.com/588844108
Also meeting is recorded on Zoom cloud (8/25/21 This is only temporary, will be removed) :
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February PHAS meeting (Historic meetings- recording on Vimeo )
Time: 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.
LINK TO PHAS RECORDING ON Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/553206710
JANUARY PHAS Meeting (Historic meetings- recording on Vimeo )
Time: 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.
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LINK TO PHAS RECORDING ON Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/539435375
NOVEMBER PHAS ZOOM MEETING (Historic meetings – recording on Vimeo )
Time: 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.
LINK TO PHAS RECORDING ON Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/534141563/4aa562697d
OCTOBER PHAS MEETING by Zoom (Historic – recording on Vimeo )
Time: 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.
LINK TO PHAS RECORDING ON Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/539427498
September PHAS Meeting ((Historic – recording on Vimeo )
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/539394878
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 )
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
Time: 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.)
LINK TO PHAS RECORDING ON Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/588820006
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,