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Oct
29
Tue
Coming Soon:The Cougar Returns to the East
Oct 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Coming Soon:The Cougar Returns to the East @ Fairlee Town Hall

Speaker: Susan Morse of Keeping Track.

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We’ve all heard of sightings, tracks in the snow, even bodies beside the highways, but have our legendary Catamounts really come back to New England? Vermont native and internationally renowned wildlife biologist and tracker Susan Morse brings her stunning photographs and research on North American cougars to Fairlee as the first in FCA’s new series of lectures on the environment and people of the Upper Valley.

Spoiler alert: There is no question about it. Cougars are not only being seen in eastern North America, some are even attempting to recolonize their former habitats. Where once it was flatly dismissed as impossibility in the so-called “developed” east, scientists have now documented cougar dispersals and even occupancy if a growing list of eastern states and provinces.

Join us for a magnificently illustrated introduction to cougar biology and ecology in the broad diversity of habitats where Sue has studied them, from Alberta to the Arizona/Mexico border. We will also get the low-down regarding the latest confirmations of cougars in the east, including the recently documented suitability of a substantial amount of wild habitats from Manitoba to Louisiana and Maine to Georgia. If not quite yet, it is only a matter of time!

Sue Morse, the founder and science director of Keeping Track, is highly regarded as an expert in natural history and one of North America’s top wildlife trackers. Since 1977, she has been monitoring wildlife, with an emphasis on documenting the presence and habitat requirements of bobcat, black bear, Canada lynx and cougar. Sue has received numerous awards for both wildlife photography and contributions to our understanding of wildlife. When not in the field conducting research, leading training programs, photographing wildlife, or managing her own forestry consulting business, Sue writes articles and books on her work and has an active schedule of public presentations

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Nov
12
Tue
The Myth and Reality of Ethan Allen
Nov 12 @ 6:30 pm

A conversation with Christopher Wren about the myth and reality of Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys, the subject of his new book, Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom.

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Christopher S. Wren retired from The New York Times after nearly twenty-nine years as a reporter, foreign correspondent, and editor. He headed the Times’ news bureaus in Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, Ottawa, and Johannesburg; covered the United Nations; and reported from the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, China, Southeast Asia, Africa, South America, and Canada.

On his retirement he walked from Manhattan to Fairlee,Vermont, a journey chronicled in his book Walking to Vermont: From Times Square into the Green Mountains — a Homeward Adventure

He taught at Princeton University before coming to Dartmouth, where he is visiting professor in its Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program.

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Jan
21
Tue
Bird Conservation: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally
Jan 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Bird Conservation: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

 with Steve Hagenbuch and Margaret Fowle of Audubon Vermont

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Residents of the Upper Valley are privileged to live in one of the richest bird nesting areas in North America. From the peregrine falcons that nest on our Palisades to the tiny warblers that fly thousands of miles from South America each spring, these birds come to our yards, fields, and forests because the climate is right, there is a variety of habitat types, and they can find ample food for their young. But what about us, the people who live here? How do our activities impact the success or failure of their breeding season. How can we be better neighbors and stewards?

Steve Hagenbuch has worked with Audubon in a variety of roles since 1998. Currently he is a conservation biologist with Audubon Vermont’s Forest Bird Initiative. In this position Steve works with private landowners, municipalities, foresters, and land managers to promote management activities that will enhance the habitat value of forestland for priority bird species. He has done extensive work in Fairlee Town Forest and surrounding private lands.

Margaret Fowle is a conservation biologist with Audubon Vermont’s Peregrine Falcon Recovery Program and Champlain Valley Bird Initiative. Prior to coming to Audubon in 2009, Margaret coordinated peregrine and bald eagle recovery efforts in Vermont. Margaret also works with private landowners to promote management activities that enhance grassland and shrubland habitats for priority bird species in the Champlain Valley.

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Feb
11
Tue
Our Wild Neighbor, The Real Eastern Coyote
Feb 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Speaker:Chris Schadler, Conservation Biologist, wolf and coyote specialist.

Snow date February 18

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Myths surround the coyote and cloud our understanding of it. Learn the true story of the eastern coyote – how and when it arrived in New England, how it lives among us but is rarely seen and how it contributes to keep our forests and fields healthy. Does it really have wolf DNA, or dog? Learn why it 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.  It is smart, beneficial and by its presence, gives “wild” back to our wild lands. Despite the ecological benefits the coyote brings, it is the most persecuted carnivore in North America.  And despite human efforts to eradicate it, it survives and thrives among us.
Chris Schadler, M.S., Conservation Biology, will discuss coexistence strategies, whether you farm, hike or garden.  “Understanding the mind and ecology of the coyote can keep us one step ahead of problems”, according to Chris, who, with 30 years of wolf and coyote research, sheep farming, and teaching, will demonstrate that “knowledge is power” when it comes to living with coyotes.

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Mar
3
Tue
From Mudpuppies To Wood Turtles
Mar 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
From Mudpuppies To Wood Turtles

Jim Andrews – VT Reptile & Amphibian  Atlas Project

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Apr
21
Tue
Vernal Pools: Wicked Big Puddles Or Critical Wildlife Habitat
Apr 21 @ 6:30 pm
Vernal Pools: Wicked Big Puddles Or Critical Wildlife Habitat @ Fairlee Town Hall

THE SECRET LIVES WITHIN OUR VERNAL POOLS AND
WETLANDS,

Steve Faccio of Vermont Center for Ecostudies

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