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Environmental educator to highlight adventures shearing sheep, llamas and alpacas

The Thursdays at the U series at the University of Wisconsin – Barron County will host speaker Briana Bateman, an environmental educator and shearer of sheep, llamas and alpacas, on Oct. 5.

She will present “Shear(ing) Delights” from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall in Ritzinger Hall on the Rice Lake campus. The presentation also will be livestreamed at

Briana Bateman

Briana Bateman

Bateman, co-owner of Riversong Shearing, will share anecdotes from her shearing experiences from Florida to Virginia, along with insights on farming, sustainable agriculture and the lives of the animals she meets. She also will highlight the vital role farmers and their creatures play in our world.

When not on the road shearing, Bateman works as an environmental educator at Riveredge Nature Center in Saukville. She strives to learn something new every day by teaching others.

The Thursdays at the U weekly series is free and open to the public thanks to support from the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation. Neither seating reservations nor parking permits are needed for campus guests.

In addition to the livestream option, the recordings are archived on the Thursdays at the U webpage.

The next lecture in the series will be Oct. 12, with Don Peterson presenting “The Battle of the Bulge.”

For more information about the series, call the campus at 715-788-6244 or email Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, the series organizer, at