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Come hear a talk: Mountain Lions in Santa Cruz, Habitat Fragmentation and Us

The Santa Cruz Group of the Ventana Chapter of the

                        Sierra Club Presents:

Mountain Lions, Habitat Fragmentation and Us

           Thursday, September 26th at 7:00PM

      Chris Wilmers, the founder and lead researcher for the Santa Cruz Puma Project will give a slide show presentation demonstrating how this group tracks mountain lions as part of its research on how roads and development “fragment” animal habitat.

       Since the project began in 2008, 39 mountain lions have been fitted with specially designed high-tech GPS collars able to track and document their location, movements and activities.

       Human development is now the biggest threat to these cats, who need an up to 100-square-mile territory to hunt, breed and raise their young. “We need to understand what their habits are, or we’ll lose them completely,” says Wilmers.

       The group’s website contains a map of mountain lion travel routes in the Santa Cruz mountains, a place where they were thought to be extinct a few decades ago. Animal movement data has become one of the primary tools in managing and conserving wildlife.

       Chris Wilmers, PhD is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at UCSC who has written numerous articles for scientific journals and given many professional speeches on his research. He has also been the recipient of many awards and grants.

When: Thursday, September 26th at 7:00 PM (6:30 PM social mingling time with healthy refreshments provided).

Where: The Live Oak (Green) Grange Hall at[masked]th Ave. near Capitola Road in Santa Cruz.

Parking is available, but try to arrive sustainably.

All are welcome. Tell your friends!

Donations appreciated.

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  • Nick W.

    Great talk. We've known forever that the lions are out there, but now we also have an idea of where they are and what they're doing. Good talks are always about the quality of the speaker, and Chris Wilmers was outstanding.

    1 · September 27, 2013

  • Dan D.

    Good talk about our local mountain lions. Thanks!

    September 27, 2013

  • Michelle

    So wanted to attend but biz in SF went long -not back in time. I'm sure it was v. interesting!

    September 26, 2013

  • David C.

    I am bringing food supplies and will be leaving Aptos by car just after 5:30. If you would like a ride to the Puma presentation, email me by 5:00.

    September 26, 2013

  • Keresha

    If people want to carpool, let others know here if you are needing a ride or offering a ride.

    1 · September 25, 2013

  • Janna

    Might be late, but sure!

    September 23, 2013

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