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Naturalist Sue Morse to talk about bobcats in our midst

CORNWALL — Award-winning photographer and naturalist Sue Morse will present a slide show and lecture in Cornwall on April 20 at 7 p.m. titled “Wild Yet Wonderfully Near Us: Bobcats in Cornwall and the Champlain Valley.” It will be held at Bingham Memorial Elementary School just off Route 30 in Cornwall village.
It may be a surprise to many that Weybridge, Cornwall, Shoreham and surrounding areas have some of the best habitat for bobcats in the state. Through her visually stunning photos and funny anecdotes from her work in the field, Sue Morse will describe the habitat needs of these elusive cats, why they like living here, and the role they play in the local ecology.
Morse will also share evidence showing that lynx and cougars are beginning to return to Vermont’s forests and talk about their similarities and differences with bobcats.
As do many wildlife species, bobcats face challenges in the 21st century. Morse will help us understand how important thoughtful planning and management in our local woods are to protect the habitat critical for their survival. 
A resident of Jericho, Morse is recognized as one of the top wildlife trackers in North America. Since 1977, she has been monitoring wildlife, with an emphasis on documenting the presence and habitat requirements of bobcat, black bear, Canada lynx and cougar. She is the founder of Keeping Track, an organization devoted to training professional biologists and citizen scientists in wildlife monitoring skills.
The program is free and open to the public.
Join program sponsors are the Cornwall Conservation Commission, Bingham Memorial Elementary School, and the Cornwall Trust for Public Funds.

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