... long-eared owls ...
... long-eared owls ...
Naturalist Kirk Gentalen will present a program on tracking mammals and other wildlife, “Otters, Owls and Tracking Animals in Winter,” on Thursday, November 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street. Gentalen has been tracking and documenting midcoast wildlife activity for the last 15 winters and will present what he has observed over this time, including tips, tricks, slides and stories of winter nature observation excursions.

Winter can be 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. Fresh snow, however, can capture tracks and sign of animals, offering lessons untaught in any other season. Deer, bobcat, coyote, fox, raccoon and fisher tracks, among others, are all possibilities when midcoast Maine is under a blanket of snow.

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 for the St. George Dragon community newsletter.

This event is free and open to the public.