When Carnivores Become Neighbors
by Pace University
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Carnivores play an essential role in a balanced ecosystem and they provide us with an opportunity to preserve many of the remaining intact forests and open lands in North America. Carnivores regulate “pest” species, such as rodents and help keep deer populations in check thereby reducing negative human-deer encounters. Predator species serve as indicators of biodiversity value, are sentinels of subtle ecosystem threats, and flagship species with high public appeal in education and dissemination programs. Changing landscapes and the ability of some carnivores to adapt to life in the suburbs have led to increased carnivore sightings in Westchester County. Based on the eastward movement of some carnivores, mid-Atlantic states should prepare for the inevitable repopulation of these species. How do we (do we?) embrace and encourage this ecological phenomenon?
||Welcome Remarks||--||10/11/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Keynote: Big, Wild and Connected: Continental Conservation in Eastern North America||Keynote: "Big, Wild and Connected: Continental Conservation in Eastern North America," Conrad Reining, Eastern Program Director, Wildlands Network||10/11/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Carnivore Populations on Select Westchester Properties||“Carnivore Populations on Select Westchester Properties,” Melissa Grigione, Associate Professor and Director, Graduate Program in Environmental Science; Co-founder, Bordercats Working Group; Pace University Dyson College of Arts and Sciences||10/11/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Roundtable Discussion: Fostering Tolerance for Carnivore Neighbors||Roundtable Discussion, "Fostering Tolerance for Carnivore Neighbors" with Michelle Land (Moderator), Director and Adjunct Professor, Environmental Policy, Pace University’s Academy for Applied Environmental Studies; Conrad Reining, Melissa Grigione; and David Cassuto, Professor of Environmental and Animal Law, Pace Law School||10/11/2012||Free||View In iTunes|