Have you ever had questions about the bears you or your neighbors may see in your neighborhood? Do you wonder if bobcats or cougars live nearby? If you are interested in the carnivores that share your neighborhoods, come to learn more about the Coexisting with Carnivores program, coordinated by Woodland Park Zoo in partnership with the City of Issaquah.
During this talk you will learn more about the Coexisting with Carnivores: Wild Wise program, through which all middle school science students in the Issaquah School District conduct their own research projects about carnivores in their neighborhoods; a new camera trapping opportunity, through which Issaquah residents can help collect camera trap photos of carnivores and other wildlife in Issaquah parks; and carnivore action teams, that work to help their neighborhoods coexist more easily with carnivores. This talk will be both informational, and interactive, so come ready to learn both about the Coexisting with Carnivores program and about steps you can take to help prevent carnivore conflicts in your neighborhood.
Dakota Spear is a Community Conservation Liaison at Woodland Park Zoo, where she coordinates the Coexisting with Carnivores program. This program aims to engage Issaquah residents around human-carnivore coexistence and carnivore conflict prevention. An entomologist by training, Dakota earned her Master’s degree in zoology and entomology from the University of Cambridge in 2016. She shifted her focus to human-wildlife interactions and coexistence after several bear encounters while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 2017. Originally from New England, she has lived variously in California, Costa Rica, and England, and moved to Seattle in January 2018, where she now works doing community engagement and outreach for Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle Aquarium and the Pacific Science Center.
Please join us for happy hour at the MCC clubhouse at 6:30. We will have wine, cheese and desserts. Come chat with your neighbors and learn about the amazing carnivores in our neighborhood! And read about the African lion
“Mickey” that lived in Mirrormont in 1975 — for real!