Learn About White-tailed Deer in the Forest at Audubon’s March 2 First Friday

Susan Stout
Susan Stout

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Audubon Community Nature Center

Many area residents are familiar with White-tailed Deer in their backyards.
At Audubon Community Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch, 11 a.m. on March 2, 2018, Dr. Susan Stout will give a presentation on “White-tailed Deer in the Forest.”

White-tailed Deer are among the best-known wildlife in our forests. Stout’s talk focuses on observations of how profoundly deer affect the forest and “managing” plant species and habitat for other wildlife. About 80 years of local science provides the information.

The talk will illustrate how deer and forests interact, with evidence from the Allegheny National Forest. What forest plants do deer prefer? Which do they avoid? How do these choices shape the forests and the habitat for birds and other wildlife? How does forest management affect habitat for deer?

Dr. Stout has degrees from Radcliffe College, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. A Warren, Pa., resident, she retired recently after 36 years on the science team of the US Forest Service Research Lab in Irvine, Pa. The science team there has studied White-tailed Deer and forests since the 1930s.

A BYO brown bag lunch and conversation follows the program, with coffee and tea provided.

The fee for attending is $8 or $6 for Nature Center Members. Registrations are accepted online on the Programs page at auduboncnc.org through February 28. Walk-ins are welcome.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or visit the Programs page at auduboncnc.org.

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.