Saint Michael's College & Keeping Track bring live wolves in an environmental program to Ross Sports Center, Oct. 11, 7 PM


Room at the Top: Wolves - apex predator in maintaining healthy ecosystems

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, starting at 7 PM, wolves will come to the Ross Sports Center at Saint Michael's College. With the help of Mission: Wolf, live wolves will be part of an environmental program sponsored by Saint Michael's College and Keeping Track, an organization dedicated to advancing understanding of wildlife and habitat in their communities.

The program, titled "Room at the Top: The importance of wolves and other large predators in maintaining healthy ecosystems" is $10 general admission; free to Saint Michael's students and employees with I.D. No reservations necessary. Just come!

Keeping Track is bringing Mission: Wolf and their Ambassador Wolves to Vermont for a program co-sponsored with Saint Michael's College. The program reinforces Saint Michael's recent creation of an Environmental Studies major at the liberal arts college. Biology Professor Valerie Banschbach, who is director of the environmental studies major, is helping coordinate the program.

Susan Morse of Keeping Track will introduce the evening with an educational Power Point presentation using amazing photographs taken during her many years of field research. Her program, "Room at the Top," will discuss the wolf's role as an apex predator, and their importance in maintaining healthy ecosystems.

The program is a fundraiser for Keeping Track, an organization devoted to providing technical training to professional biologists, citizen scientist volunteers, land trust officials and conservation planners. Keeping Track's mission is to empower multiple stakeholders who will use this knowledge to better detect, record and monitor the status of wildlife and habitat in their communities.

Susan C. Morse's background

Susan C. Morse is highly regarded as an expert in natural history and tracking. She has more than 35 years experience monitoring wildlife and interpreting wildlife habitat use. Her research has focused on cougar, bobcat, black bear, and Canada lynx. She has given workshops on wild felids and other carnivores to a wide range of audiences, including the general public, conservation leaders and professional biologists.

In 2001 Morse received the Franklin Fairbanks Award for her lifelong creative and dedicated service to enriching the awareness and understanding of the natural world among the residents of New England. She and Keeping Track were recently recognized by the Adirondack Council for decades of conservation work in the Champlain basin bioregion.

Ms. Morse has authored numerous articles and authors a regular column on wildlife in Northern Woodlands Magazine. Her work has been featured in many other publications, including Smithsonian, Audubon, Amicus Journal, Forest Magazine, Wild Earth, Vermont Life, Adirondack Life, The Nature Conservancy, and Ranger Rick, as well as on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition".

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