ROCKLAND — Join naturalist Kirk Gentalen, Thursday, Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m., at the Rockland Public Library for “Otters, Owls and Tracking Animals in Winter” – a program on tracking mammals and other wildlife.
Gentalen has been tracking and documenting activity for the last 15 Midcoast Maine winters and will present on what he has observed over this time. Tips, tricks, slides and stories of winter time nature observation excursions will make for an entertaining evening, according to Rockland Public Library, in a news release.
Winter is an exhilarating season to learn about local wildlife, said the Library. Leaves have fallen and are out of the way, mushrooms and flowers are distant memories, and the morning songbird chorus has been replaced (for the most part) by silence. Limited distractions – all but the wind at times.
Fresh snow, however, can capture tracks and sign of animals, offering lessons untaught in any other season. Deer, bobcat, coyote, fox, raccoon, and fisher (among other) tracks are all possibilities when Midcoast Maine is under a blanket of snow. In Kirk’s words, “There’s so much potential for exploration after a mid-coast snow, it’s literally insane out there!”
Kirk Gentalen is a steward/naturalist for Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) with the bulk of his work focusing on Vinalhaven Island in Penobscot Bay. He also leads walks, talks and school programs up and down the coast for MCHT, edits the Vinalhaven sightings report nature blog, and writes the nature column, Nature Bummin, for the St. George Dragon community newsletter.
Gentalen lives in St. George with his family.
This event is free and open to the public.
The program is co-sponsored by MCHT and the Rockland Library.
The Rockland Public Library is located at 80 Union Street.