Wildlife biologist Matthew Merchant to discuss bears in urban environments, April 6, 2016

Wildlife expert Matthew Merchant will discuss “Bears and Urban Environments” on Wednesday, April 6, 6:00pm at the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, 317 Main St, Poughkeepsie, NY. This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by The Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns. 

In this talk, Merchant will discuss how bears adapt to city living, the changes in their foraging behavior, and what threats (if any) bears pose to the people living in those areas as well as the threats people pose to bears.

A senior wildlife biologist at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in the Bureau of Wildlife, Merchant has a long history of working with wildlife. Previously, he worked for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and also spent summer live-trapping bears. Currently, his work and research focuses on educating the public about bears, dealing with bear conflicts, and handling bears that are trapped in urban environments.

About the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns
The Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns is an outreach initiative by Vassar College working to expand and coordinate conservation initiatives throughout the Hudson Valley by supporting current efforts and developing new programs to inspire further engagement in conservation education, outreach, and research by the college community and region.   


About the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center
The Mid- Hudson Heritage Center is a community space and non-profit organization that is dedicated to enriching our area through arts and cultural events, as well as space of interaction between the community and the arts.

At the gallery space at 317 Main Street, the Center hosts art exhibitions, author readings, lectures and workshops. The Center is also a hub for community involvement through our partnerships with local organizations that are working to revitalize Main Street, Poughkeepsie. For more information about using space at the Mid-Hudson Heritage center, contact" 



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