Freedom—July 26, 2015—Ossipee Lake Alliance is pleased to present Chris Schadler, the representative for Project Coyote in New Hampshire and Vermont, as part of the Freedom Old Home Week activities. Ms. Schadler, a wild canine ecologist, will present “The Eastern Coyote” at Freedom Town Hall on Elm Street in the center of Freedom at 6:30 p.m., Monday, August 3rd. The event is free and open to the public.
Project Coyote is a North American coalition of wildlife scientists, educators, predator-friendly ranchers and communities which promotes compassionate conservation and coexistence between people \and wildlife. As part of this group, Schadler works to change negative attitudes toward coyotes and wolves by replacing ignorance and fear with understanding, respect and appreciation.
Schadler earned a master’s of science in conservation biology at Antioch University Graduate School. Her thesis focused on the natural recovery of the Eastern timber wolf in Michigan.
Beginning in the early 1990s, Schadler taught conservation issues, dendrology and wolf ecology at the University of N.H., receiving many teaching excellence and student recognition awards. She continues to instruct and mentor adult degree candidates in the UNH System at Granite State College.
While wolf recovery was the focus of her early work, Schadler’s attention shifted to the Eastern coyote when she moved to New England. She chose a farm with known coyote problems to raise sheep and train her border collies. Using sound livestock management and common sense, she avoided any predation.
In addition to being a representative of the Project Coyote and a member of the Northeast Wolf Coalition, she divides her time between teaching and working on her book, “Becoming Wolf: The Eastern Coyote in New England.” Between presentations she can be found at camp in northern New Hampshire researching coyote feeding patterns in a mosaic of farms and woodlots.
All of Freedom Old Home Week activities can be found at www.freedomoldhomeweek.org and on the Facebook page, Freedom Old Home Week.