Learn the true story of the Eastern Coyote such as 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! It is smart, beneficial and by its presence, gives ‘wild’ back to our wild lands. This New Wild also requires that livestock and pet owners step up to steward our creatures with greater care.
Despite the ecological benefits the coyote brings, it is the most persecuted carnivore in North America. 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.
Christine Schadler (pronounced Shade-ler!) interest in wild canids began in the 1970s as a volunteer at the Wolf Park in Battleground, Indiana. This opportunity and others inspired an eventual Masters in Conservation Biology at Antioch University in Keene. Her thesis focused on the Natural Recovery of the Eastern Timber Wolf in Michigan. Chris lived in Michigan and Minnesota during the early 1980s where her research into the gray wolf continued and her speaking career began.
Beginning in the early 1990s, Chris taught in the Natural Resources Department at UNH, receiving many teaching excellence awards. She also instructed and mentored adult degree candidates in the UNH System at Granite State College and currently is an Adjunct Professor at Rivier University.
While wolf recovery was the focus of her early work, Chris’ attention shifted to the Eastern Coyote when she and her flock of sheep moved to New England. She is now the NH and VT Representative for Project Coyote, a national organization promoting coexistence with coyotes. Chris co-founded the NH Wildlife Coalition which aims to broaden public input into wildlife decision-making. She chairs the town Conservation Commission and is a Select Person in Webster, NH.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Kimball Library.