THE GREATER YELLOWSTONE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS ARCHIVE: A NEW TOOL FOR RESEARCHERS AND EDUCATORS

I want to thank and commend Dr. Charles Preston for supporting me in my scholarship involvement with the University of Phoenix.  In order to maintain my position as a doctoral committee chair, I am required to provide recent evidence of research.  For The Wyoming Chapter of the Wildlife Society and Range Management Conference in Cody, my presentation abstract, THE GREATER YELLOWSTONE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS ARCHIVE: A NEW TOOL FOR WILDLIFE RESEARCHERS AND EDUCATORS, was selected with co-presenters Samantha Harper, BBCW McCracken Library archivist, Penny Preston, Broadcast Journalist for WY Stations, CNN, NBC Newschannel, and NBC Today Show, and Charles Preston. 

As a volunteer, I input film data observations in a digital collection, curating with identifiers for location, habitat, date and descriptions in the Draper Natural History Museum, like a scientific specimen.  The online database digital film and media asset management stores, manages, preserves and delivers available searchable relational data through the McCracken Research Library.  My presentation at the scientific conference announced a resource for cultural and scientific meaning about wildlife issues.

The contributions to my field continue due to people like Chuck, providing the materials, equipment, thinking and advocacy for scientific research.  I am showered with a sense of competence, autonomy, significance, power and independence, as I continue to learn, offer knowledge and expertise, and focus our world on what is scientifically and technologically possible.

I want to also thank you for your support to Dr. Preston, as he enables human and technology maintenance for scientific curation.  With CONTENTdm and Microsoft Access database management, I shared how digital collections can easily be built and showcased on the BBCW website, making them more discoverable to people around the world.

The Wyoming Chapter of the Wildlife Society
Nancy L. Bailey, Ph. D.
Presentation Date: 
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Event or Conference: 
The Wyoming Chapter of the Wildlife Society and Range Management
Presentation Type: 
Paper Presentation
Boyer's Domain: 
Presentation Attachment(s): 
Presentation Location: 
1701 Sheridan Avenue
Cody, WY 82414
United States
Notes: 
I presented the program with the archivist, Samantha, concluding with a 1 minute demonstration of how to access the digital collection, and 1 minute summary from the news broadcaster, Penny.
Abstract: 
Submitter/Author: Nancy Bailey Student or Professional: Professional Institution: University of Phoenix, College of Education and School of Advanced Studies (online faculty) Mail Address: University of Phoenix and Draper Natural History Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West – 720 Sheridan Avenue Cody, WY 82414 Personal - 72 Wild Horse Road, Cody, WY 82414 Telephone/Fax Numbers: 307.272.7689 Email Address: nlbphd00@tritel.net Submitting for ORAL or POSTER session: Oral Presentation Submission If ORAL, Lightning or Traditional Length: Traditional Length THE GREATER YELLOWSTONE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS ARCHIVE: A NEW TOOL FOR WILDLIFE RESEARCHERS AND EDUCATORS Nancy Bailey1,2*, Penny H. Preston2, Samantha Harper2,3, Charles R. Preston2 1 University of Phoenix 2 Draper Natural History Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West 3 McCracken Research Library, Buffalo Bill Center of the West The Draper Natural History Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West has been acquiring and cataloging video recordings of wildlife, landscapes, and personal interviews with land and wildlife managers and the general public in the Greater Yellowstone region since 2000. The collection is maintained as the Greater Yellowstone Sights and Sounds Archive (Archive) and represents a novel approach and resource for monitoring wildlife occurrence and behavior, environmental change, and human perceptions and attitudes about wildlife through time. Some samples of Archive materials are available to view online through the Center’s McCracken Research Library, and all materials in the Archive are available to researchers and educators on request. The Archive is curated like a scientific specimen collection, including data fields for location and date of collection, collector, and other pertinent information. Although still in its infancy, the Archive can be accessed to illustrate animal behaviors, landscape characteristics, and human experiences and perceptions about wildlife and the environment. It also provides a video record of environmental change, such as bark beetle kill, wildfire, and human-induced alteration of Greater Yellowstone landscapes, and important issues, such as grizzly bear management. For example, materials from the Archive have been used by CBS 60 Minutes for a report on bears in Wapiti, Wyoming by the Draper Museum and U. S. Forest Service to create a five-part series of “Bear Aware” instructional videos that have enjoyed wide use in museum exhibits and outreach programs. We are continuing to build and catalog the Archive and welcome partnerships and well-documented video donations to expand the content and access to this valuable collection.