|June 13 2013
Tigers the top of Audubon Society presentation on June 18
POLSON — “The Siberian Tiger: New Insights from Radio Collars” by Clayton Miller will be the next evening program of the Mission Mountain Audubon Society on Tuesday, June 18 at 7 p.m. in the Polson Library Meeting Room. Everyone is welcome.
Approximately 350 to 400 adult Siberian or Amur tigers remain in the forests of the Russian Far East. Though the tigers remain critically endangered, Russian and international conservations efforts have managed to stabilize the population in the wild. However, poaching and habitat loss continue to threaten the long-term survival of these large predators that require large, intact forest ecosystems.
Recruited by Wildlife Conservation Society Russia, Miller worked on their Siberian Tiger Project that has used radio collars to track more than 60 tigers since the early 1990s. Serving as their field coordinator, Clay helped WCS Russia to study the tiger’s social structure, land use patterns, food habits, reproduction and mortality as well as their relationship to other species, including humans.
Clayton Miller has a Master’s degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana. He has conducted grizzly bear research in Northwestern Montana and helped with the reintroduction efforts of the Canada lynx in Colorado.