The Hastings Stewardship Council returns with the highly popular Winter Speaker Series. The Black Bear is the first of five evening presentations in Ivanhoe.
Want to know what to do when you are face to face with a 375 lb. Black Bear that is unhappy? What is the positive role of bears in nature? Can people and bears live peacefully together? Find out and learn lots more about the Black Bear from Colin Higgins on January 25 in Ivanhoe. Colin is a biologist with the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry (MNRF), who has worked in Bear Management for almost 20 years – a Bearwise fellow for sure!
Colin holds a BSc in Ecology and a Fish and Wildlife Technologist diploma. At MNRF, he has (among other posts) been the Regional Wildlife Biologist and Management Biologist in Peterborough and Bancroft Districts.
Colin has worked with research staff on capture and biological sampling, relocation, the BearWise program, population surveys, AND fielded countless calls from homeowners distraught that a bear has ripped down their bird feeder for the 23rd time this year (ack!)
The presentation on January 25 – complete with lots of photos – will cover bear biology, life cycle, and behaviour (hibernation, parental care, etc.). Understand the range, population, and trends of the Black Bear, as well as safety considerations. Colin will address typical bear behaviour and how humans should respond in various situations. Running and climbing trees may not be the best choices.
“Bear” with us on Thursday, January 25 from 7 to 9 pm at the Huntington Veterans Community Hall, 11379 Highway 62, in Ivanhoe. An entrance fee of $5.00 per person (or a donation) will help cover costs. Children are free.
For more information, contact Matt Caruana at 613-391-9034 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For the Winter Speaker Series lineup, visit hastingsstewardship.ca.