NEWBURYPORT, MA — Parker River National Wildlife Refuge will offer a free online lecture on "The Real Eastern Coyote" on Tues., February 9, from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Myths surround the coyote and cloud our understanding of it. Learn the true story of the eastern coyote – how and when it arrived in New England, how it lives among us but is rarely seen, and how it contributes to keep our forests and fields healthy. Learn why it is a creature of our own making – an animal different than the western coyote in genetics and behavior but with the same superior resilience and adaptability. It is smart, beneficial and by its presence, gives “wild” back to our wild lands. Viewers will have an opportunity to pose questions to the presenter.

The presenter, Chris Schadler, M.S., Conservation Biology, is a wild canid ecologist who has been involved in wolf and coyote research for more than thirty years. She is also the NH/VT representative for Project Coyote.

To register for this program, send an email to parkerriver@fws.gov and write “coyote program” on the subject line. Be sure to include your name in the body of the email. (This program is being offered in conjunction with the Merrimack River Eagle Festival.)

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