Naturalist Corner: Plastics – The Nemesis of the Environment

Upcoming Event: May 16 – Spring Walk Around Hurd’s Lake at Camp Aya Po, Leader Carole Dupont

Phenology Observations Form

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Postponed until May Meeting:

“The Real Eastern Coyote”

Wednesday, May 19, starting at 7 p.m.

On the Zoom webinar platform

Host: Chris Schadler

The clever and resilient coyote is our native song dog and a top predator in the northeast.  While Western coyotes evolved on the Great Plains, our Eastern coyote has been shaped by red and gray wolves, dogs and the wily western coyote.  The habitat in the northeast supports deer which encourages a larger size, longer stronger legs and a more developed packing instinct in this predator.   Despite the ecological benefits the coyote brings, it is the most persecuted carnivore in North America.  And yet, it survives and thrives despite efforts to eradicate it. 

Chris Schadler, M.S., Conservation Biology, will discuss coexistence strategies whether you farm, hike or garden.  “Understanding the mind and ecology of the coyote can keep us one step ahead of problems”, according to Chris, who, with 30 years of wolf and coyote research, sheep farming, and teaching, will demonstrate that “knowledge is power” when it comes to living with coyotes.

Update: Please use webform to register for Naturalists’ Club Zoom meetings.
Naturalists’ Club Zoom meetings were well attended and well-received during Autumn 2020, so we’re continuing them into the new year. One update: to help streamline the registration process, I’ve made an online form that you can use in place of an email to register for Winter 2021 meetings.

To register, please visit
and indicate your name, email address, as well as which of our meetings you wish to attend.

I’ll email you a Zoom link by noon the day of the meeting.

Should you encounter any problems with the form, please contact me at natclubnewsletter@gmail.com.