Ecology of Fear: Understanding the Predator-Prey Relationship
Wed, Jan 25, 2023
LIVE at 3:00 PM ET / 2:00 PM CT / 1:00 PM MT / 12:00 PM PT
Most of us understand the obvious impact predators have on their prey. Wolves reduce elk populations by killing individual animals, for example. Less appreciated are the indirect effects predators have on prey behavior, psychology, physiology and survival. In this webinar, Expedition Leader and wildlife biologist Aaron Bott explains the ecology of fear—a conceptual framework experts use to describe the total impact predators have on prey populations and their environments. You’ll look at the wildlife experience from the perspective of both predator and prey, gaining insight into why these relationships are vital to a healthy ecosystem. Come to a deeper appreciation of the oft-feared predator and understand how they’re really just “doing their job” of keeping prey populations at a manageable level, while the prey do their own job of helping predator populations thrive. This biologically driven dance, while seemingly based on a premise of fear, is the very backbone of a healthy ecosystem and food chain.