why small mammals living in Maine behave the way they do

In a Nutshell: Animal Personalities and Forest Ecology

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Wildlife biologist Allison Brehm will lead a presentation about how the individual personalities of wildlife affect surrounding forest ecosystems in a webinar hosted by Merryspring Nature Center on Tuesday, February 1, at 12 p.m.

Personality traits in humans can be obvious and easy to observe, but what about personalities in wildlife? From insects and rodents to cats and dogs, animals behave consistently different from one-another. Personality can influence where an animal lives, its diet, and even its chance of survival.

In this program, Allison Brehm will speak about some research being conducted at the Morelliti lab at the University of Maine. Brehm’s work investigates why small mammals living in Maine behave the way they do, and how animal personalities influence forest ecosystems by impacting natural processes such as seed predation and dispersal.

Allison Brehm is a Ph.D. candidate in Ecology and Environmental Science at the University of Maine. Always fascinated by animal behavior, Brehm has conducted research on small mammals around the globe, including following family groups of meerkats in South Africa. Brehm holds a MS in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Maine.

This talk is part of the Online Winter Talk series at Merryspring Nature Center, sponsored by Allen Insurance & Financial.

Access to a computer or smart device is required to attend. Please email info@merryspring.org to register for this program. Zoom links will be sent on the morning of the program.

Attendance is free for all.

Merryspring is your community nature center offering walking trails, cultivated gardens, wildlife, and ecology and horticulture educational programs all year round. The park is located at the end of Conway Road, just off of Route 1 in Camden, behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza. For more information on this program, please contact info@merryspring.org or call 207-236-2239.

Event Date: 

Tue, 02/01/2022 - 12:00pm

Event Location: 

Zoom webinar