|The Alaska Zoo’s annual Wildlife Wednesdays program kicks off again this fall with a monthly calendar packed full of experts in the field. The free program is a great way to learn about the wildlife in Alaska and fill those cold, dark months with some educational – and entertaining – brain food. Stephanie Hartman, Alaska Zoo education director, said the programs have just been finalized for the season and cover the gamut of wildlife species. The lectures begin at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month, and attendance is free with regular zoo admission. See www.alaskazoo.org for prices.|
October’s speaker is Jen Reed, visitor services ranger at Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, who will discuss “Watching the Wild White Bear.” The event is set for Oct. 11.
Other programs include:
Nov. 8: Max Goldman, Audubon Alaska’s Arctic marine ecologist on “Building a Better Bird Map”
Dec. 13: Anchorage-based wildlife photographer Drew Hamilton discusses “Alaska is a Wildlife Photographer’s Paradise.”
Jan. 10: Patrick Walsh, biologist with Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, speaks on “Wolves are Such Optimists: Wolf Stories and Studies of Togiak Refuge.”
Feb. 14: Mike Harrington of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game discusses “Tracking the Wolverine.”
March 14: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services Katrina Liebich will speak on a topic yet to be announced.
April 11: Tom Griffin of Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and Eric Stuart with the Bureau of Land Management will cover the topic “Bear Aware?”
— Melissa DeVaughn
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