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Annual Meeting

The Board of Northeast Kingdom Audubon is pleased to announce that Ben Kilham, Ph.D will be the guest speaker at this year’s annual meeting on July 26th. Everyone is invited to attend.

There will be an “urban” birdwalk starting at 5pm from the Fairbanks Museum. Everyone is invited to meet in the Cabaret Room at Catamount Arts at 6pm for a picnic dinner (BYOP). Desserts will be provided by the Board.

At 6:30pm, Ben will start his presentation: “The Social Black Bear: What Bears Have Taught Me About Being Human.” Black bears, thought to be solitary, have a different type of social behavior that possibly parallels early human behavior. They show evidence of reciprocal altruism, matri-linear hierarchy, and a mix of intentional and emotional communication. Bears can live for as many as forty years, which allows them long-term benefits from forming relationships with fellow cooperators.

Ben Kilham, Ph.D is a wildlife biologist based in Lyme, New Hampshire. His love of and devotion to black bears has enabled him to study their habits and interact with them for more than two decades. He, his wife Debra and sister Phoebe have accepted orphaned bear cubs into their home and enabled them to successfully return to the wild. Ben has been the focus of several news articles and documentaries, including National Geographic’s A Man Among Bears and Animal Planet’s Papa Bear. He is also author of the books Among the Bears: Raising Orphaned Cubs in the Wild and Out on a Limb: Origins of Intuition and Intelligence.

RSVP to nekaudubon1@gmail.com or to Laura at 802-751-7671.

Earlier Event: July 14
Bird Walk, Tea and Harp Concert
Later Event: October 20
Dead Creek WMA and Chimney Point Trip