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FREE LECTURE: Monday, May 8th, 7-9pm; Animal behaviorist of Utah State University

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  • Alayne Blickle
    World-class animal behavior specialist, Dr. Fred Provenza of Utah State University, comes to Western Washington Does any of this interest you? Ø “All
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      World-class animal behavior specialist, Dr. Fred Provenza of

      Utah State University, comes to Western Washington

      Does any of this interest you?

      Ø “All substances are poisons; there is none which is not a poison.
      The right dose differentiates a poison and a remedy.”

      Ø All forages are not created equal – studies show that a “complete
      feed” is not necessarily what animals seek out or gain weight on. In fact,
      studies show that free choice feeding works best for animal health and

      Ø Studies show that animals are able to respond to specific nutrient

      Ø Using livestock to reduce an abundance of undesirable plants (i..e.

      Ø “When we unduly constrain animals by mixing food to meet the
      ‘average’ animal by feeding total-mixed rations in confinement, by planting
      monocultures of forges on pastures, or by restricting the abilities of
      animals to fully use rangelands, we will meet only the nutritional needs of
      a subset of individuals in the herd – and abuse the land in the process.."

      Ø “At work, people are rewarded and punished throughout the day by all
      facets of the environment, just as a cow in a riparian area is punished and
      rewarded for her behaviors by insects, water, shade, and social
      interactions. There are numerous occasions, for those with the time and
      interest, to encourage desirable behavior and to discourage undesirable
      behaviors in people and livestock. In so doing, we change the behavior of
      individuals and systems.”

      Ø “Nothing is more powerful then positive reinforcement. Everybody
      uses it. But top performers, almost alone, use it exclusively.”

      Ø Studies that show how herd animal operate in small family groups vs.
      huge herds as once thought. Studies show that when family groups and
      culture are broken up & individuals moved to unfamiliar areas that animals
      suffer from disease, predation or malnutrition.

      Interested? Like to hear more? Then join us for this FREE King
      Conservation District sponsored lecture on Monday, May 8th, 7-9pm at Carco
      Theatre, 1717 Maple Valley Hwy, Renton, WA 98055

      Dr. Fred Provenza began his career working with cattle, sheep, alfalfa, and
      grain on a ranch in Colorado. After earning his B.S. in wildlife biology in
      1973 from Colorado State University, he became a ranch manager. He later
      earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in range science from Utah State University. He is
      currently a professor in the Department of Forest, Range, and Wildlife
      Sciences at Utah State University. Dr. Provenza’s research focuses on
      understanding behavioral processes, and using that understanding to inform
      management. For the past two decades, his emphasis has been on the role of
      learning in food and habitat selection by herbivores. He has been senior or
      co-author of more than 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals and an invited
      speaker at national and international conferences. In this workshop, Dr.
      Provenza will synthesize his research findings in a way that is
      entertaining, interesting, and useful.

      Special note from Alayne:

      I am very excited about this upcoming week of training. The King
      Conservation District is bringing Dr Provenza to Western Washington for a
      special 3-day workshop. I attended a training at Utah State University last
      June that Dr Provenza held and it was outstanding. I haven’t have so much
      fun and interest in learning in years. Dr. Provenza’s work is incredible
      and unique. He works worldwide

      collaborating with agencies, academic institutions, organizations and
      individuals. His presentations are dynamic, entertaining and have
      applications for everyone.

      If you are not able to attend the 3-day workshop (May 9th to 11th) in
      Enumclaw, WA, please consider this free public lecture on this topic on
      Monday, May 8th, 7-9pm at Carco Theatre in Renton, WA (for details please
      see below).

      I feel strongly that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I know this
      workshop will be awesome. I promise that if you attend this you will never
      think the same way about pasture & land management again!

      Hope to see you at this free lecture!


      For more information see the KCD web site,
      http://www.kingcd.org/new_cal_beh.htm, and click on “workshop schedule” for
      a PDF version of the workshop flyer. For more details about Dr Provenza and
      BEHAVE see www.behave.net. Or, see my website, www.horsesfrocleanwater.com
      for photos & details.

      For registration details:

      The King Conservation District

      425-277-5581, ext. 125


      Alayne Renee Blickle
      Program Director
      Horses for Clean Water

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