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A group of deer in the City of Cascade approach the driver's side window of a vehicle during the winter of 2023.

Idaho Fish and Game biologist to give guest lecture on beavers, bats, and butterflies at the Idaho Museum of Natural History in October


When people think “Idaho Fish and Game” and “fall”, what may come to mind are hunting seasons and critters like deer, elk, waterfowl and upland game birds. But, this fall the public has a chance to learn about some of Idaho Fish and Game’s research and management efforts focused on other important members of Idaho’s diverse wildlife resource.


David Dressel, regional wildlife diversity biologist for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Southeast Region, will be giving a presentation entitled “Beavers, Bats, and Butterflies” at the Idaho Museum of Natural History at Idaho State University. Join him Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. The presentation is free.

The Idaho Museum of Natural History is located in ISU Building #12, the "Museum Building" adjoining the Pond Student Union. The parking lot can be accessed at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Dillon Street.

One of Dressel’s responsibilities as a diversity biologist for Fish and Game is to help further the understanding of Idaho’s species of greatest conservation need and improve the habitats they live in. These species include monarch butterflies, bats, sage grouse, western toads, northern leopard frogs, bumble bees and many more. Dressel will share the important work he and others have been doing here in southeast Idaho to benefit these species — namely beavers, bats and butterflies — at the October presentation.


Dressel received his Master of Science degree in Wildlife Management from Michigan State University, where he worked on bovine tuberculosis in white-tailed deer. Since then, his diverse career has involved working on several projects ranging from the study of chronic wasting disease transmission in southern Illinois to banding waterfowl in northern Alaska. After moving to Idaho in 2017, he worked for Pheasants Forever as a farm bill biologist, and in 2019, began his Idaho Fish and Game career as a wildlife diversity biologist.

When Dressel is not working outside with Idaho’s wildlife, you can find him hiking the mountains with his wife, Amy, 3-month-old son, Louis, and their dog, Scout. 

For more information about Dressel’s upcoming presentation, please contact the Idaho Museum of Natural History at 208-282-3168 or the Idaho Department of Fish and Game at 208-232-4703.