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Counting Wildlife: From Black Bears to Woodpeckers; Cheetahs to Chameleons

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Learn how ecologists measure wildlife populations at Sunkhaze Café in Old Town, “ Counting Wildlife: from Black Bears to Woodpeckers; Cheetahs to Chameleons”, a talk by research biologist Daniel Linden, Ph.D. on Saturday morning, May 17th from 10 to 11 am at the Daybreak Café on Main Street. Geared towards young and old alike, Sunkhaze Café seeks to inform the public about conservation, ecology and particularly about the Maine forests around which we live.
Linden will talk about the statistical tools ecologists use to estimate the size of wildlife populations, including exciting new concepts that are changing how scientists collect and analyze data. Linden will present several examples of own research that include woodpeckers, black bears, cheetahs, and chameleons. Linden is a postdoctoral research associate in the Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in Department of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Maine. His current research involves assisting the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife to assess their black bear management program. They are analyzing over 30 years of survey data collected using various techniques including live trapping, radio-telemetry, winter den visits, and harvest inventories.

The Friends of Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Milford present the Sunkhaze Café series on the third Saturday morning of each month at the Daybreak Bakery on Main Street in Old Town. Sunkhaze Café is an informative and informal discussion series, plus darn good coffee, often followed by a hike and exploration of the bog and surrounding forest of Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Milford. For more information on the Sunkhaze Café or about the outdoor opportunities available at Sunkhaze Meadows, please contact the group online at or