Tracking Animals in Winter
Join MCHT steward and naturalist Kirk Gentalen for “Tracking Animals in Winter,” a program of slides, stories, and tricks for tracking mammals in winter in Midcoast Maine. The program takes place at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, January 29 at the Merryspring Nature Center, 30 Conway Road, Camden, ME. The talk is co-sponsored by Maine Coast Heritage Trust and the Merryspring Nature Center's Tuesday Talk series.
Admission is $5 at the door for the general public and free for members of the Merryspring Nature Center.
Winter is a great season to learn about your local wildlife. The leaves have conveniently fallen and are out of the way, distracting mushrooms and flowers are a distant memory, and the chorus of songbirds announcing their territories has been replaced, for the most part, by silence. All but the wind.
Fresh snow captures animal tracks, trails, and tunnels providing lessons untaught in any other season. Deer, coyote, fox, raccoon, and fisher (amongst other) tracks are all possibilities when mid-coast Maine is under a blanket of snow. In Kirk’s words, “There’s so much potential for exploration after a Midcoast snow, it’s literally insane out there!”
Kirk Gentalen has worked for 25 years as a naturalist via environmental education and ecotourism programs in 13 states including Alaska, California, Georgia, and Massachusetts. Gentalen currently works as a steward/naturalist for MCHT with most of his work focusing on Vinalhaven Island in Penobscot Bay. He also leads walks and talks and outreach programs with schools up and down the coast of Maine for MCHT. Kirk edits a nature blog, the “Vinalhaven Sightings Report” and writes the “Nature Bummin’” column for the St. George Dragon Community Journal. On the side, Kirk does wildlife tracking, and breeding bird and vernal pool surveys.
In his free time, Kirk likes to go outside and look around.
Kirk lives in St. George with his wife and son.