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Naturalist Journeys: The Real Eastern Coyote by Chris Schadler (rescheduled to 2/28)
February 28 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center’s annual presentation series featuring the breathtaking travels and fascinating research of naturalists around the world.
Fridays at 7 pm at North Branch Nature Center
Admission by donation
Additional parking on Finch Street across from the NBNC entrance
February 7 *RESCHEDULED TO FEBRUARY 28* – The Real Eastern Coyote – Chris Schadler
Myths surround the coyote and cloud our understanding of it. Learn the true story of the eastern coyote: how it arrived in New England, how it lives among us, and how it contributes to healthy forests and fields. Learn why the coyote is a creature of our own making – an animal different than the western coyote in genetics and behavior but with the same superior resilience and adaptability. Despite the ecological benefits the coyote brings, it is the most persecuted carnivore in North America. And despite human efforts to eradicate coyotes, they survive and thrive among us.
Chris Schadler, the NH and VT Representative for Project Coyote, will discuss coexistence strategies, whether you farm, hike or garden. With 30 years of experience researching wolves and coyotes, farming sheep, and teaching, Chris will demonstrate that “knowledge is power” when it comes to living with coyotes.
Upcoming 2020 Naturalist Journeys Presentations
March 6 – The Presettlement Forests of the Northeast – Charlie Cogbill
The land division surveys from European settlement in North America provide unique evidence of the region’s early forests. Ecologist Charlie Cogbill studied 1640-1850 survey records from across New England and the Middle Atlantic to determine the relative abundance of boreal conifers, northern hardwoods, temperate conifers, and central hardwoods across the region. His research revealed a distinct and narrow tension zone extending across central New England, separating northern hardwood forests (dominated by beech) from the central hardwoods (dominated by oaks) to the south. Although there have been drastic changes in species abundances, forest disturbance, and climate, the presettlement character and position of the tension zone and overall forest biomass remains similar more than 200 years later.
March 20 – The moose of Isle Royale and Yellowstone National Parks – Ky Koitzsch
Join wildlife biologist Ky Koitzsch as he shares his experiences skiing in the backcountry wilds of Yellowstone and Isle Royale National Parks with his field partner and wife Lisa to study North America’s most magnificent deer, the moose. In Yellowstone, as an alternative to traditional aerial surveys, the couple implemented cutting-edge, non-invasive genetic and hormonal methods to accurately assess population parameters. On Isle Royale, where researchers have been studying moose and wolves for over 60 years, and where wolves are currently being reintroduced to suppress the growing moose population, Ky and Lisa apply similar non-invasive methods to study how chemical defenses in the moose’s winter browse, balsam fir, affects its mid-winter nutritional condition. Ky will also discuss why moose are in decline across the southern reaches of their North American distribution, including here in New England.