Coyote: Song Dog

Posted Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in Culture

Coyote: Song Dog

BATH- Have you heard the howl of a coyote while walking the trails in Bath? Have you seen an animal that looks like a dog slinking into the shadows of the woods? Starting in 2010 Bath police have received an increase in calls of coyote sightings around Maine’s Cool Little City. The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) finds no cause for alarm. In fact, Communications Director, Alicia Heyburn, says, “Signs of coyote in Bath shows that the city has done a good job of maintaining corridors of undeveloped land for animals to travel through. Carnivores, such as coyotes, are important for biodiversity and help maintain a balance in nature.”

KELT is one of several land trusts in the MidCoast region hosting spring programs on coyotes to educate the public on the animal and its important role in ecosystems.

On April 25th at 6:30pm conservation biologist, Geri Vistein, will give a free presentation at Morse High School Auditorium titled “Coyote: America’s Song Dog”. This program is offered in conjunction with the Morse High School Ecology/Biology program and is appropriate for families, scout groups, teams, hiking groups and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.

Geri Vistein is a Conservation Biologist whose focus is carnivores and their vital role in maintaining the biodiversity of our planet. In addition to research and collaboration with fellow biologists in Maine, she focuses her work on educating our Maine community about carnivores, and how we can coexist with them. She has achieved this through creative outreach projects with artists, musicians, poets and puppeteers, and by presenting the program, “Coyote~ America’s Songdog” to diverse audiences all over the state of Maine. She works with Land Trusts who seek to initiate greater biodiversity on the land they have protected by incorporating carnivores into their goals. She is also collaborating with organizations and schools to teach children through experiential learning opportunities, and partnering with universities in innovative educational initiatives for both students and the public.

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is a membership supported organization dedicated to protecting the land, water and wildlife of the Kennebec Estuary.  It maintains the Whiskeag Trail, on which coyotes have been spotted. FMI visit  www.kennebecestuary.org or call (207) 442-8400.

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