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CMU Montrose Lecture Series to Feature Award-Winning Author Ben Goldfarb

An exploration of road ecology and environmentalism

Colorado Mesa University Montrose is proud to host a thought-provoking lecture by author and science journalist, Ben Goldfarb. This event, titled Safe Passage: How the Science of Road Ecology Is Reconnecting Our Planet, promises an engaging exploration of road ecology and its vital role in preserving our environment. Goldfarb was recently featured in the magazine 5280 and this event is one of only three speaking engagements he will be giving this fall in Colorado.

For humans, the vast network of roadways that spans our planet often goes unnoticed, taken for granted as a mere convenience. However, these same roads pose significant threats to wildlife, resulting in the daily loss of over a million animals in the U.S. alone. Goldfarb, acclaimed author of Crossings: How Road Ecology Is Shaping the Future of Our Planet, delves into the ecological impact of transportation and the efforts of road ecologists to mitigate these effects through innovative solutions. From constructing wildlife bridges for mountain lions to engineering tunnels for toads, Goldfarb illustrates how we can contribute to building a safer, more interconnected world for all living beings.

Goldfarb is a distinguished environmental journalist with contributions featured in prestigious publications such as National Geographic, The Atlantic, and High Country News. His dedication to science communication has been recognized with the 2019 PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award for his book Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter.

This event is free and open to the public and will take place on Thursday, October 12, 2023 from 6-7:30pm at Cascade Hall, S. 3rd. & Cascade Ave., Montrose, Colorado.



Written by Giff Walters