AUBURN — Is it possible for human beings to coexist with carnivores — with coyotes in particular? Conservation Biologist, Geri Vistein, whose work in Maine focuses on carnivores and our relationship with them, plans to offer a forum where people can learn that living with coyotes is not only possible, but also vital to maintaining the biodiversity of our planet.

The Stanton Bird Club has invited Vistein to speak to club members and to the public on Monday, March 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring St. She will present the PowerPoint program, “Coyote — America’s Songdog,” during which she will share her knowledge and wisdom about this often maligned animal, and listeners will be invited to share perceptions about and experiences with coyotes.

Vistein’s presentation comes from a positive place, bringing in anthropology, archaeology, Native American life, poetry, human psychology, wildlife science and animal husbandry. It centers on perceptions and relationships — coyote with Native Americans and European Americans, and with other wildlife and the ecosystem. She is known to have deep respect for the coyote, and to listen with empathy to people’s conflicting feelings about co-existing with it.

All are welcome to attend this free presentation, that they may be enlightened about the ways citizens can play an important role in including the coyote in the protection of a rich biodiversity in the state of Maine.

The Stanton Bird Club is a conservation organization offering monthly natural history programs, and field trips throughout the state of Maine free of charge. The club welcome new members whose dues help to support land stewardship at three sanctuaries totaling 782 acres in Lewiston and Monmouth. For more information, visit

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