Otters, Owls, and Winter Tracking in Midcoast Maine
Co-sponsored by The Rockland Public Library
Join Maine Coast Heritage Trust land steward and naturalist Kirk Gentalen for an informative and entertaining talk about the natural world right outside your backdoor during the snowy season.
Winter is an exhilarating season to learn about local wildlife. Leaves have fallen and are out of the way, mushrooms and flowers are distant memories, and the morning songbird chorus has been replaced (for the most part) by silence. Limited distractions, all but the wind at times.
Fresh snow, however, can capture tracks and sign of animals, offering lessons untaught in any other season. Deer, bobcat, coyote, fox, raccoon, and fisher (amongst other) tracks are all possibilities when midcoast Maine is under a blanket of snow.
In Kirk’s words, “There’s so much potential for exploration after a Midcoast snow, it’s literally insane out there!”
“Otters, Owls and Tracking Animals in Winter” will cover tracking mammals and other wildlife. Gentalen has been tracking and documenting activity for the last 15 Midcoast Maine winters and will share what he has observed over this time. Tips, tricks, slides, and stories of wintertime nature excursions will make for an entertaining evening.
Kirk Gentalen is a steward/naturalist for Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) with the bulk of his work focusing on Vinalhaven Island in Penobscot Bay. He also leads walks, talks and school programs up and down the coast for MCHT, edits the “Vinalhaven Sightings Report” nature blog, and writes the nature column, “Nature Bummin’,” for the St. George Dragon community newsletter. Kirk lives in St. George with his family.
This program is brought to you by MCHT and the Rockland Library.
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street, Rockland, ME