BELFAST — The Belfast Garden Club will sponsor an entertaining and educational program titled, “Reducing Wildlife Damage for Homeowners along the Coast of Maine,” presented by wildlife expert Maynard Stanley, Jr., of Owls Head, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library., 106 High St. The program is free and open to the public and begins after a 1 p.m. business meeting for members.
Maynard Stanley will talk about the growing rat population in Belfast and in other areas of Maine, as well as how to keep rats—and bats, deer, raccoons, skunks, woodchucks and other animals—away from your property. Maynard is proprietor of Critter Catcher Wildlife Control, and he believes that killing or even humanely trapping destructive wildlife isn’t always necessary or the best solution to problems. A large part of his work is helping people understand wild animals, and Maynard will describe methods he uses to persuade unwelcome animals to stay away from territories that are not theirs. During his presentation, Maynard will share some amazing stories and slides collected from his work with wildlife.
Maynard Stanley’s parents took him hunting, fishing and camping starting when he was very young. He developed a strong love of the outdoors, and now enjoys all types of outdoor sports. Maynard is also a camp-cooking pro, and he attends around 20 competitions a year. Using their cooking skills, Maynard and his wife give back to the community by preparing meals for shut-ins and nonprofits.
The Belfast Garden Club has promoted the creation and care of public gardens and presented speakers to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening for 90 years. The 2019 Fall Program Series includes topics about conservation and the environment. For more information, visit BelfastGardenClub.org.