by Judy Hagerott
It was a night for the eagle, the golden eagle that is, as Dr. Charles Preston of Cody was the featured speaker at the C-TEL Presentation Hall at Sheridan College last night.
Over sixty people attended the lecture as Preston shared his research on the golden eagle, the apex of the food chain in the sagebrush-steppe ecosystem found in the Big Horn Basin, west of Sheridan.
Preston is part of a pilot program that began last year to study the eagle. He said, “This is a species that I’ve been especially enamored with. Raptors to me are an ultimate window into an environment. The top of the food chain can tell you a lot about an ecosystem, if you pay attention.”
Dr. Preston is curator of the Draper Museum of Natural History Buffalo Bill Historial Center and has written a new book, “Golden Eagle: Sovereign of the Skies,” in which he explores the nature of this regal bird, from its origins, hunting methods, and migratory habits which were available for purchase after the lecture.
The presentation was the third in a series of lectures sponsored by Sheridan College to help increase science literacy in our community.