Mountain Lions in Maine: Rewilding the Maine Woods
Maine residents live in one of the wildest states in the East, yet the beauty of our natural environment makes it easy to forget we have lost many of our iconic wildlife species. Mountain Lions in Maine: Rewilding the Maine Woods is a panel discussion about the challenges involved in bringing large predators, specifically the cougar (mountain lion, puma, panther) and other wildlife back to their native habitat in the Northeast corridor, and how human communities can adapt to co-exist with and even benefit from them.
Panelists: Environmental journalist and author,Will Stolzenburg,whose recent book,Heart Of A Lion, retraces one male mountain lions 2,000-mile journey from the American West to the North Atlantic coast in search of a mate; Mark McCollough, endangered species specialist in the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Services Maine Field Office and USFWS's lead eastern cougar biologist; DRA vice president, Peter McKinley, research ecologist and conservation planner with The Wilderness Society; and Chris Spatz, President of the Cougar Rewilding Foundation. Moderator, John Davis is a wildways advocate and conservation athlete for the Wildlands Network and The Rewilding Institute, and author of the Big, Wild and Connected book series.
The venue: Darrows Barn is a 1929 converted hay barn to support community and musical events. It is owned and operated by the Damariscotta River Association, a nonprofit conservation land trust celebrating 40 years of conservation, connecting our community and the Damariscotta River estuary to secure the continued vibrancy of both. . Known for its excellent acoustics and located less than 1.5 miles from the town center of Damariscotta, the barn is surrounded by 15 acres of riverfront hayfields, with public hiking trails down to picnic tables by the river and to the Whaleback Shell Midden State Historic Site.
A wine reception will follow the discussion, with books available for purchase and signing. Tickets for the event can be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets for $8 per person. Tickets will be available at the door for $10.00
Mountain Lions in Maine: Rewilding the Maine Woods is hosted by BookSpeak, a non-profit organization presenting theme-based literary events in Maine to encourage conversation and cultivate reading in our diverse society. The event is sponsored in part by the Damariscotta River Association, the Pemaquid Watershed Association, the Medomak Valley Land Trust, Midcoast Conservancy, and 12 Rivers Conservation Initiative. FMI: call Nicole Olivier, Founder/Director, BookSpeak :(207) 350-6823
Darrows Barn at DRAs Round Top Farm in Damariscotta (View)
3 Round Top Road
Damariscotta, ME 04543
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