Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Manzano Mesa Center
Bats and White Nose Syndrome
Wildlife Biologist, BLM
This month’s guest speaker will be Marikay Ramsey, a wildlife biologist with the Bureau of Land Management. She will talk with us about White Nose Syndrome, a disease that has killed millions of bats across the country.
Throughout her career, Marikay has worked for multiple government agencies, including the Arizona Game and Fish Department and U.S. Forest Service. Much of her work has focused on making better “on the ground” wildlife management decisions in the area of oil and gas development, alternative energy projects, livestock management, and other activities occurring on federal land. Marikay has taken the lead in developing an interagency alternative energy working group in New Mexico, which is identifying and addressing impacts to listed and sensitive species from both solar and wind generation facilities.
In her current position, Marikay spends countless hours of both her professional and personal time promoting wildlife conservation and educating various groups about bats and White Nose Syndrome. She travels the state conducting bat and cave surveys and research projects, and she provides leadership and direction to many federal and state agency biologists. As a member of the New Mexico Bat Working Group, she is considered a leading bat biologist in New Mexico and she has taken the lead in developing the interagency New Mexico White Nose Bat Response Plan.
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