Y2Y and the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies bring you the next talk in its virtual speaker series. Hear from guest speaker Whisper Camel-Means on Protecting Spirit of Place.
Hear about Whisper Camel-Means’ work involving highway reconstruction and implementing safety measures, partly inspired by the wildlife crossing structures in Banff National Park. These innovations allow wildlife to cross busy roads safely, including a network of wildlife-crossing structures on US Highway 93, which runs through the heart of the Flathead Reservation and is one of the most extensive wildlife-sensitive highway design efforts to-date in the United States.
She will speak to her vision of a community united around a deep respect for their natural resources for both cultural and subsistence values.
Join us for this free online talk on Thursday, June 3 at 5 p.m. MST.
About the speaker
Whisper Camel-Means is an enrolled member of and working as a Tribal Wildlife Biologist for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Wildlife Management Program. The Flathead Reservation is located in west-central Montana and is a major seasonal transportation corridor between I-90 and recreational opportunities around Flathead Lake and Glacier National Park.
She started her career with CSKT as a biologist trainee while attending Salish Kootenai College, and began working as a full-time wildlife biologist after completing her Master’s of Science degree in Wildlife Management from Montana State University.
While at Montana State, Whisper was awarded a fellowship from the Wildlife Conservation Society and the MSU-Western Transportation Institute to conduct a project on US Highway 93 preconstruction wildlife monitoring. Upon completing her degree and returning to the Flathead Reservation, she continued to work on wildlife and highway projects as US 93 was being constructed and completed.
She now monitors constructed underpasses and the overpass, works with federal and state agencies on all highway related issues, and works toward the future of road ecology on the reservation and across the country.
Photos: Shutterstock (header), Whisper Camel-Means