The Nature Museum is thrilled to welcome Sue Morse to Chester’s the News Bank Conference Center next Wednesday evening, January 20th for her presentation, “Coming Soon: The Cougar Comes East”.
One of the country’s most experienced naturalists, Sue Morse’s enthusiasm for these large cats is deep and she’s eager to share what she knows with others that are similarly fascinated by this beautiful animal, “Cougars are the embodiment of the wild; they are out there beyond us. They are in the world and of the world.”
Morse lives in Jericho, Vermont, where she is the founder of the non-profit Keeping Track®, a conservation group dedicated to facilitating field research and the monitoring of wildlife habitats by scientists and concerned citizens alike so that our impact on the natural world does not go undocumented. Morse notes, “The truth is our increasingly developed world is not as big and wild as it used to be even here in Vermont. Older people in Vermont with memories of growing up here in the 1920, 1930’s, and even the 1940s remember Vermont as being pretty open.”
Morse’s adventures in the wild have not been limited to Vermont; she has been traveling to the Arctic for 9 years to study wildlife and take photographs for a future book. “When I go there, I’m honored to be in a big wild landscape. It reminds me there is a bigger world out there. We need to be reminded of our responsibility to be good stewards of the planet. It’s exciting on a subliminal level to be in a place that has animals that are truly wild. For me, it is a symbol of hope that these animals are trying to make a comeback. ”
Please join us next Wednesday to hear more about the return of the cougar and Morse’s field research! Doors open at 6:30p.m. and light refreshments will be available; the presentation begins at 7p.m. Purchase your tickets online now to reserve your spot.