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Learn about and how to track New England Coyotes on Jan. 14

TOPSFIELD – Join us for two coyote programs led by Christine Schadler, Wild Canid Ecologist and New England representative for Project Coyote, a national group promoting coexistence with coyotes. Both programs will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2012.

Today, thousands of coyotes occupy New England, but unlike their smaller western cousin, our coyotes are part wolf, can hunt in packs to take deer, and are filling the niche of the wolf.

Beginning at 9AM, the hour-long program “Becoming Wolf: The Eastern Coyote in New England” participants will learn about the natural history of this adaptable mammal and get answers to any questions or concerns you may have from the Project Coyote expert.

This program is free, but please call to pre-registered where space is limited. It will meet in the Barn at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield.

From 10:30AM to 1PM, Schadler will take participants on a separate coyote tracking program. This program is for adults. Learn to identify coyote tracks, scat, and sign, along with other common tracks, and how to interpret the stories they tell. An introduction indoors will be followed by an exploration on the sanctuary.

The program does have a fee. Mass Audubon members will pay $10 while nonmembers will pay $12. Space will be limited to 20. Advance registration is required.

This will also meet at the Barn at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield. Be sure to dress for the weather, bring snacks or a bag lunch, and snowshoes if there is deep snow.

For more information about either of these programs, visit the Mass Audubon website. You may also call (978) 887-9264 or email ipswichriver@massaudubon.org for more information.

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