• The Point Reyes Beach as viewed from the Point Reyes Headlands

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

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Event Details

  • 02/13/2014

    Mountain lion in a tree. © Trish Carney for Felidae Conservation Fund.
    Location: Red Barn Classroom | Map Time: 12:00 PM to 12:45 PM Fee Information: Free Contact Name: Ben Becker Contact Email: e-mail us Contact Phone Number: 415-464-5187

Lunchtime Science Seminar: "Living with Mountain Lions."

California-based and globally-working wild cat conservationist Zara McDonald, Executive Director of Felidae Conservation Fund, will give an engaging and inspiring presentation about mountain lions and the work currently underway to study and protect them. Felidae Conservation Fund is a non-profit that aims to advance the conservation of wild cats and their habitats planetwide through a combination of groundbreaking research, compelling education and cutting-edge technology. Felidae's local project is the Bay Area Puma Project—the first large scale research, education and conservation program for mountain lions in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. These keystone predators (also called pumas and cougars) play a critical role in maintaining the health and biodiversity of our ecosystems. However, expansion of human populations is causing increasing encounters and conflicts between humans and pumas, and growing tensions in our local communities. Zara will discuss mountain lion ecology and history, the challenges of sharing the habitat with mountain lions, and will offer essential tips for living and recreating without fear in puma habitat.

Lunchtime Science Seminars are sponsored by the Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center at Point Reyes National Seashore. They occur at noon on many Thursdays throughout the year and are held at the Red Barn Classroom at Point Reyes National Seashore. All are welcome and admission is free.

To get to the Red Barn Classroom, follow the directions to Point Reyes National Seashore. As you proceed up the driveway toward the Bear Valley Visitor Center, turn left at the sign for the Red Barn Classroom.

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