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Bedford Audubon Hosts Lecture On Coyote Project

Mark Weckel
Mark Weckel Photo Credit: Contributed

BEDFORD, N.Y. -- The Bedford Audubon will welcome conservation scientist Mark Weckel for a free public lecture on the Gotham Coyote Project in the Garden Room at the Katonah Village Library in February.

Weckel will review ongoing studies conducted by the Gotham Coyote Project, a close collaboration between researchers at the Mianus River Gorge and the American Museum of Natural History. The project focuses on coyotes both in New York City and in Westchester County. Weckel will also discuss how the natural history of the Northeastern coyote can help to put the idea of urban conservation in context.

Weckel's work has focused on human-wildlife interaction and conflict, particularly of urban and suburban landscapes. He received his master’s degree from Fordham University where he studied jaguar-feeding ecology, and for his doctoral research he investigated the management and population biology of suburban white-tailed deer populations.

While pursuing his doctoral degree, Weckel was employed at the Mianus River Gorge where he developed a research-based mentoring program for high school students interested in ecology. Most recently, he completed his postdoctoral research and teaching fellowship with the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity & Conservation and Youth Initiatives.

The event will be  on Wednesday, Feb. 11. Refreshments will be served at 7 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. No registration is necessary. Bring a reusable mug to help reduce your ecological footprint. Bedford Audubon has celebrated the natural heritage of the lower Hudson Valley and provided conservation excellence to the communities of northern Westchester and eastern Putnam counties for one hundred years. Today, Bedford Audubon continues to be the local authority of birds and habitat and manages nearly 600 acres of stunning wildlife habitat in four sanctuaries, with more than seven miles of trails open to the public.

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