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Wednesday, April 21st
1:05 PM

Session 2E Rights of Nature and Indigenous Engagement

Drew Spindler, Colorado State University
Naomi Stevens, Colorado State University
Joe Pitti, Colorado State University

1:05 PM - 1:01 PM

The Rights of Nature (RoN) movement became official with the New Orleans Statement in 2017, giving ecosystems the right to be an entity with legal protection to flourish and regenerate. To prepare for engagement with individuals in the Salish Sea region and then pass a RoN ballot initiative, we researched Indigenous Tribes in Canada and the USA with closely aligned values to the initiative. Tribes most willing to engage with the initiative are large in size, close inproximity to the Salish Sea region, have collaborated with governments in the past, and have values parallel to the RoN movement.

1:15 PM

Session 2E Global Rights of Nature Initiatives

Emily Anis, Colorado State University
Lina Cao, Colorado State University
Lu Chen, Colorado State University
Emily Jenkins, Colorado State University
Julia Perbohner, Colorado State University
Lindsey Sarazen, Colorado State University
Mackenzie Warden, Colorado State University

1:15 PM - 1:24 PM

The Global Rights of Nature Initiative Project summarizes aspects of Rights of Nature initiatives around the world. The research team compiled 35 Rights of Nature initiatives and examined various aspects of the initiatives like the language of the initiatives, the motivations for the initiatives, and the lasting impacts of the initiatives.The team then performed frequency analyses on the data obtained. The deliverables of the analyses included bar graphs, pie charts, and word clouds. The data was also summarized through a storymap, timeline, and report. This work was performed for the Community Rights of San Juan Islands.

1:25 PM

Session 2E Climate Change Opinions Across the Mountainous Counties in the U.S.

Elizabeth Madura, Colorado State University
Jack Tilis, Colorado State University
Spencer Varga, Colorado State University
Kendall Murphy, Colorado State University
Samuel Britton, Colorado State University
Amy Gill, Colorado State University
Chris McCormick, Colorado State University

1:25 PM - 1:34 PM

With the use of Yale climate data we are determining if there are differences in climate opinions between mountainous regions in the US. We are determining whether or not there are differences that correlate with economic, climatic, or other demographic data. Our methods will include the use of a literature review and GIS analysis to visualize our findings.

1:35 PM

Session 2E Analysis of Elephant Injuries and Veterinary Treatment across the Maasai Mara

Ann Coughlan, Colorado State University
Krystal Tran, Colorado State University
Nick Godsey, Colorado State University
Seth Kimball, Colorado State University
Morgan-Rae Hertel, Colorado State University
Jorune Klisauskaite, Colorado State University

1:35 PM - 1:44 PM

The Maasai Mara in southwestern Kenya is a species-rich ecosystem. Rapid agricultural expansion and additional pressures of climate variability are threatening social-ecological dynamics in the region. The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust mobile veterinary units, in collaboration with the Mara Elephant Project, have collected injury and treatment data for African Elephants in the Maasai Mara. This presentation showcases our analysis of spatio temporal patterns of where injuries are most treated within the ecosystem and if injuries have increased over time. Additionally, our project assesses how many of these injuries were caused by human-elephant conflict and if injuries vary with age or gender.

1:45 PM

Session 2E Forest Change Analysis of the Loita and Mau Forests, Kenya

Ilana Vargas, Colorado State University
Sienna Levine, Colorado State University
Glenn Stearns, Colorado State University
Mason McKinzie, Colorado State University
Aaron Hargis, Colorado State University
Ryan Bridges, Colorado State University
Sarah Carroll, Colorado State University

1:45 PM - 1:54 PM

The Mara Elephant Project is a collaborative organization tracking elephant populations in the Mau and Loita Forests in Kenya. Using Hansen Global Forest Change data, we assessed the forest cover and forest health in these two regions by monitoring forest loss and gain over the last 20 years. Story Maps and geospatial analyses show the overlap of elephant activity, logging, charcoal industries, and forest cover changes. We summarize changes in forest cover from 2000to 2019 and explore differences in health and deforestation trends between the Loita and Mau forests.