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Please join presenter Brian Kertson for an entertaining and informative lecture on cougar ecology, behavior, and management on April 18th, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Northwest Stream Center.
Cougars are the apex predator of the Pacific NW forests. Solitary and secretive, these big cats are often shrouded in mystery, mythology, and misinformation. Learn how to identify signs in the field and the keys to coexisting with cougars where you live and recreate. You will also learn about the biggest cougar caught in Washington State – as Brian says, “He was a monster!!!” Brian is a wildlife scientist who really gets up close and personal with Cougars!!
After earning his Ph.D. with the Washington Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit and University of Washington, he was recruited by the Idaho Fish and Game Department. Then, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife brought him back here. Now, Brian has twelve years experience conducting intensive, field-based cougar research in the Cascade Mountains and his current research examines the potential influences of demographic characteristics and landscape features on cougar-human interaction in western Washington.
During this very entertaining presentation, you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about Cougars: how big they get, how many kittens they have, how long they live in the wild, favorite food, habitat requirements, do they really move around in the suburbs….and much more. You will also get to test out your powers of observations – Brian will show several “deep forest” photos and you will be asked to “find the cougar.” The first one to meet the challenge will receive a prize: and Adopt A Stream Poster.
Date: Thursday, April 18th, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $5 Members / $7 Non-members.
Advance Purchase Necessary. Call 425-316-8592 for reservations.
Age Recommendation: Grade 4 to Adult.