Getting into Nature with Friends of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

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Second Saturday: Mountain Lions
Online, February 13, 2021 via ZOOM, 10:00 to 11:30 AM
Email friendsofhagerman@gmail.com for Zoom instructions
Which animal do you think has the greatest number of names (40 of them in English alone)? Here’s a hint: painter…catamount…panther…puma…got it yet? It’s the mountain lion (or cougar or ‘mountain screamer’ or ‘ghost cat’)! And there are almost as many opinions about this big North American cat as there are names for it. Some people think of it as a vicious killer, others as a misunderstood loner. Either way, though, we can all agree that the cougar is one for the record books. With the largest range of any wild land animal in the Americas, cougars are found from the Yukon Territory in Canada to the southern tip of South America. Come hear Mammalogist Dr. Jessica Healy of Austin College talk about the biology, ecology, and natural history of the second biggest cat in North America.
Dr. Jessica Healy, PhD is an Associate Professor of Biology at Austin College in Sherman, TX. Originally from Iowa, Dr. Healy attended Colorado State University for graduate school, receiving a PhD in Zoology in 2010. Dr. Healy primarily studies the physiological ecology of hibernating species like ground squirrels, but as a Mammalogist has an interest in the natural history and ecology of all mammals.
Second Saturday: Birding by Ear
Online, March 13, 2021 via ZOOM, 10:00 to 11:30 AM
Email friendsofhagerman@gmail.com for Zoom instructions
Birds can be hard to find, especially when the trees start leafing out in the spring. However, the birds become very vocal during the breeding season, so if you can recognize the sounds you hear, it will give you a hint where to look for that singing bird. This month’s program will teach ways to learn bird songs emphasizing common local birds so you can get a head start on finding those pesky lurkers.
Wayne Meyer is Associate Professor of the Biology department at Austin College, where he has been teaching for 27 years. He started birding at 13 in Connecticut. In 1993 he finally achieved his life’s dream of being paid to look at birds when he joined the faculty of Austin College. He has birded both coasts of the U.S. extensively and now has spent a quarter century birding in Texas and Oklahoma. The proximity of Austin College to Hagerman NWR has made research on prairie birds easy and convenient and he has been studying song learning and singing in Painted Buntings for over a decade. Meyer is also a sought after speaker for Master Naturalist groups and a frequent speaker at the Friends of Hagerman NWR second Saturday programs.
 Mountain Lion Photo By Robert Thiemann, Painted Bunting Singing Photo By Kelly Wilson


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