There is no question about it. Cougars are not only being seen in eastern North America, some are attempting to recolonize their former habitats. Where once it was flatly dismissed as an impossibility in the so-called “developed” east, scientists have now documented cougar dispersals and even occupancy in 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. It is only a matter of time!
The Blue Hill Heritage Trust is a community-based land conservation organization working to monitor wildlife, with an emaphasis on documenting the presence and habitat requirements of a variety of species, including bobcat, black bear, Canada lynx and cougar. This program is free and open to the public. For questions about the slide show, directions and to find out if there are any spots still open for the field workshp on June 29th, contact Chrissy Allen of the Blue Hill Heritage Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their website can be found at www.bluehillheritagetrust.org.