Geri Vistein, a Maine conservation biologist with the national organization Project Coyote, will be at Pittsfield Pubic Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 16 to present a slideshow and talk about coyotes and their presence in Maine. During the program “Coyote: America’s Songdog” Vistein will discuss the complex interrelationship of coyotes and humans, touching upon anthropology, archaeology, prehistoric and modern history, Native American life, poetry, human psychology, wildlife science and ecology. You learn of coyote’s long history on the North American continent: coyote’s relationship with Native peoples and the European Americans; coyote’s complex relationship with the life of Maine’s ecosystems; and coyote’s relationship with us. Come learn coexistence skills that will enhance your life. The program will also give the audience a chance to ask questions about coyotes.
Vistein has spent her career working in wildlife biology. She has a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from the University of Montana and a master’s degree in natural resources from the University of Vermont. She also has a master’s degree in education. In addition to her community education work, Vistein also does research in collaboration with other biologists in Maine and maintains a website about coyotes in Maine – http://www.coyotelivesinmaine.com