High Country Speaker Series


HCSS_web17th Annual High Country Speaker Series

Wildlife in the Rocky Mountains: The hidden stories of conservation, recreation, and sharing our communities with charismatic fauna.

In its 17th year of bringing dynamic speakers to the Eagle Valley, the Eagle Valley Library District and Walking Mountains Science Center once again bring topical and engaging subjects to life to carefully examine what it means to be healthy in the high country.

Location: Walking Mountains Science Center, Avon

Rick is a Colorado native and taught high school biology and photography for 24 years. His all-time favorite job was the 15 summers he spent in Rocky Mountain National Park. Rick has published several photography books and many of Rick’s images have appeared in the Vail Daily, Colorado Outdoors, The National Geographic website, and even Walking Mountains Science Center publications. Rick’s extensive background in science and photography and his unwavering interest in the documenting wildlife in the Eagle Valley has distinguished him as the preeminent wildlife photographer a citizen scientist in the valley.

Location: Eagle Valley Library District, Avon Location

Bio: Tom Griffin is the current Manager of McNeil River State Game Sanctuary in Alaska. He has worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and game at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary for the past 19 seasons. Tom has also worked at Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory in southeast Alaska for 3 seasons prior to his time at McNeil River.

Presentation: Bear Basics from McNeil River, Alaska

Location: Eagle Valley Library District, Avon Location


  • Graduated from CSU with B.S. in Fishery and Zoology
  • Started with Colorado Division of Wildlife in 1980,
  • Been the District Wildlife Manager for the Vail District since 1981
  • 1989-1991 supervised study on Bighorn Sheep at Booth Creek.
  • Supervised the Colorado Lynx survey crew 1991-1993.
  • Published in Wildlife Society Bulletin 1995, one of the co-authors of: The Effects of Ski Area Expansion on Elk.
  • Member of the Colorado Division of Wildlife Lynx Recovery Team.
  • 1985 Colorado Wildlife Officer of the year; by Shikar-Safari Club International
  • 1991 Wildlife Professional of the year; by Colorado Trappers Association
  • 1992 Professional Achievement Award in Wildlife Management; by Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society;
  • 2007 Wildlife Lifetime Achievement Award; by Colorado Division of Wildlife.
  • Retired from Colorado Division of Wildlife 7/2018