Rockland Public Library will host Katherine Owen, the new park ranger at Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, for a virtual talk on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 6:30 p.m. The program will provide an overview of what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service does, and specifically, the preservation and protection work being performed by Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge.
Owen will also discuss the natural history of seabirds and the cultural history that lead to the need of conservation, along with some current issues affecting the environment.
Katherine Owen is an Illinois native who attended the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana, where she studied fish and wildlife conservation. After graduating from college, she started a long journey of seasonal work doing outdoor education and interpretation up and down the East Coast of the United States.
Owen accepted her first federal job with the National Park Service in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where she spent four years. She followed this with a spring season in Yellowstone National Park, before finding her way to Maine and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Owen loves to educate people on what they might find in their own back yards, according to the Library, in a news release.
The talk will take place via the Zoom platform. To request the link to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 4 p.m. on the day of the event.