Our lab group is passionate about working with the community to increase scientific literacy and general enthusiasm for science. Through education initiatives, such as Skype in the Classroom, our YouTube channel, and various community engagement events run by the University of Wyoming Raccoon Project, we hope to increase awareness about animal behavior and conservation.

If you are interested in having the researchers in our lab give a fun, scientific presentation about our research, please contact us at raccoon@uwyo.edu.

December 2017

Rachel gave a presentation on raccoon association patterns at the Wildlife Society Wyoming Chapter
Conference in Jackson, WY (December 7, 2017).

November 2017

Lisa presented her elephant personality and cognition research to members of the Izaak Walton League (November 16, 2017).

October 2017

Rachel and Shannon had fun reading stories about raccoons and making raccoon masks with preschoolers at the Laramie OpenSchool (October 13, 2017).

May 2017

Rachel, Lauren, Jahsh, and Ivy attended the Women in STEM Conference at the University of Wyoming to speak with Wyoming middle schoolers about the UWRP's research on Laramie raccoons. The students also participated in a radio-telemetry scavenger hunt, where they had to search for hidden radio collars on campus. (May 16, 2017).

April 2017

Hailey Barton, Jessica Marsh, and Rachel Graham presented their research at the Undergraduate Research Day symposium (April 29, 2017).

Sarah Daniels attended the Science Cafe at the Sublette County Public Library in Pinedale, WY, where she spoke with community members about her research on the problem-solving abilities and behavioral flexibility of raccoons (April 28, 2017).

Rachel Fanelli and Lauren Stanton presented their research and exciting Raccoon Project updates to the Izaak Walton League of America, Laramie chapter (April 20, 2017).

Lisa Barrett, Sarah Daniels, and Rachel Fanelli presented to two Cheyenne, WY high school classes about how and why we study animal behavior (April 14, 2017).

December 2016

Lauren Stanton and Lisa Barrett led a puzzle box-building activity with fourth-graders at Beitel Elementary School in Laramie (December 2, 2016).

UWRP Project Manager, Rachel Fanelli, attended the Wyoming Citizen Science Conference in Lander, WY, to discuss the UWRP's outreach efforts and learn about citizen science projects around the state. (December 1-2, 2016).

October 2016

Lauren Stanton and Rachel Fanelli shared outreach successes of the University of Wyoming Raccoon Project with the Laramie Audubon Society (October 26, 2016).

Laramie High School students learned about the diets and home ranges of Laramie's raccoons. (October 14, 2016).

Masters student, Sarah, presented results from her stable isotope analysis of raccoon diet at the University of Wyoming Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society (October 6, 2016).

Summer 2016

The UW Raccoon Project gathered valuable information on the location of raccoons living in Laramie, WY, by speaking with members of the community at the Thursday Local Market. (June 16, July 14, September 1, and September 22).

August 2016

The Rawlins Boys and Girls Club had a fun time learning about raccoons and searching for hidden radio collars on the University of Wyoming campus. (August 9, 2016).

July 2016

Emily Davis and Rachel Fanelli coordinated a radio-telemetry scavenger hunt with the Albany County Public Library's Youth group, YAK. (July 12, 2016).

April 2016

Animal Behavior & Cognition Lab undergraduates Rachel, Dianna, Jessica, and Emily communicated their findings at Undergraduate Research Day 2016. (April 30, 2016).

Masters student Sarah Daniels discusses the ecology and behavior of local raccoons at a Laramie Audubon Society meeting. (April 27, 2016).

March 2016

Ph.D. student Lisa Barrett speaks to the UW community about her pilot visit to Sri Lanka as part of the Wyoming Goes Global Conference 2016. (March 29, 2016).

As part of the Wyoming State Science Fair's enrichment activities on how to "Make STEM Happen" for science fair participants, Ph.D. students, Lisa and Lauren, taught two fun-filled lessons on animal behavior and why scientists study animals. (March 7, 2016).

January 2016

To kick off the New year, UWRP researchers gave 2 presentations on our research for children in kindergarten
through second grade at the WYSTEM event held at the University of Wyoming. (January 23, 2016).

November 2015

The University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute invited the Animal Behavior and Cognition lab to give a hands-on,
scientific presentation on animal behavior and the research being done in the lab (November 16, 2015).

October 2015

On Halloween the UWRP was invited to speak to the 4th grade class at Beitel Elementary School! We talked about raccoon
natural history, how we conduct our research, and we even went outside to do a radio-telemetry scavenger hunt! (October 31, 2015).

August 2015

Members of the University of Wyoming Raccoon Project speaking with community members
at the Thursday Local Market (August 27, 2015).

June 2015

Undergraduates Renee and Rachel leading "Tween Twendsay" at
the Albany County Public Library (June 18, 2015).

April 2015

Ph.D. students Lisa and Lauren present their research to community members
as part of a communication in science workshop (April 16, 2015).