Special to the Current
An expert on black bears will soon be sharing her expertise in McAllen.
Diana-Doan Crider, Ph.D. and director of the Animo Partnership in Natural Resources from Texas A&M University, will present “Black Bears in the Borderlands: Visible and Invisible Barriers to Their Expansion at Quinta Mazatlán” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at Quinta Mazatlán in McAllen.
Diana will speak about how black bear movements in the borderlands are affected by food production and weather patterns, and about both visible and invisible barriers to black bear expansion into historic ranges.
Diana received her bachelor of science degree in wildlife biology through University of Montana, her master of science degree in range and wildlife management from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and her doctorate in wildlife science from both Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Texas A&M University. She recently started the non-profit organization Animo Partnership in Natural Resources, which is dedicated to developing local, regional, and international programs to strengthen the cultural and ecological connection between indigenous and cultural communities with the land.
She continues as an adjunct faculty member at Texas A&M University’s Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.
Diana has spent the last 30 years studying the biology and landscape ecology of black bears in her family’s native homeland of México. She has focused on the influence of patchy resource production in arid or climate sensitive environments as a driving mechanism on wildlife population dynamics and movements.
She worked closely with local agricultural producers and relied heavily on local knowledge to develop land management programs that reduced bear-livestock conflicts. Diana is a coordinating member for the International Union for World Conservation Bear Specialist Group and is also the coordinator for the Society for Range Management’s Native American Rangeland Management Initiative.
Diana holds dual citizenship in both the United States and México, and ranches with her husband, Cody, in Medina, Texas.
Join Quinta Mazatlán for the event on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.
For more information, call (956) 681-3370 or visit www.quintamazatlan.com