FREE LECTURE: Monday, May 8th, 7-9pm; Animal behaviorist of Utah State University
- 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. Provenzas 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 havent have so much
fun and interest in learning in years. Dr. Provenzas 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
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
Horses for Clean Water
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