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Conservation Action for Biodiversity: Black Bears

January 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This program is the first of Kestrel’s 2024 “Conservation Action for Biodiversity” Online Speaker Series.

Though Massachusetts is the third most densely populated state in the country, black bears have made a remarkable recovery during the last fifty years. Their number and distribution have increased since the 1970s with a statewide population estimated to be over 4,500.

Join us on Wednesday, January 24, 6:00-7:30 PM for an online presentation by biologist Dave Wattles. You will learn about the ecology of black bears, the history and status of their population, and the state’s collaring research that provides information on survival and causes of mortality, reproduction, and habitat use and movement. We’ll also talk about how to coexist and prevent conflict with bears.

Dave has been the Black Bear & Furbearer Biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife since 2016. He became involved with black bear work as a graduate student and post-doc at UMass Amherst when the Division began putting GPS collars on bears that had already been collared with conventional radio collars.

Registration is required. Sliding scale donation welcome.



January 24
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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