"The Coyote" will be the topic for Second Saturday at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge on April 11, 2015, with speaker, Dr. Jessica Healy. The program will begin at 10 am in the Visitor Center Meeting room at the Refuge.
Texas Master Naturalist Jack Chiles will lead a guided bird walk earlier that morning, at 8 am, weather permitting. Participants will meet at the Refuge Visitor Center and will return in time for Dr. Healy’s program. Loaner binoculars are provided by the Friends of Hagerman if needed.
Dr. Healy joined the sciences faculty at Austin College as Assistant Professor of Biology in 2012. After serving as a postdoctoral research associate at University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix. She earned a Ph.D. in zoology at Colorado State University, concentrating in ecological physiology, and completed her bachelor’s degree in biology at Central College in Iowa.
According to National Geographic, “The coyote appears often in the tales and traditions of Native Americans—usually as a very savvy and clever beast. Modern coyotes have displayed their cleverness by adapting to the changing American landscape. These members of the dog family once lived primarily in open prairies and deserts, but now roam the continent's forests and mountains. They have even colonized cities like Los Angeles, and are now found over most of North America....[Omnivorous mammals, the coyote may live to be to 14 years of age in the wild.]”
On Wikipedia we found this account of a coyote sighting from the journal of Meriwether Lewis, said to encounter the species a number of times during the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Lewis, writing on May 5, 1805, in northeastern Montana, described the coyote as follows:
Second Saturday programs are free and open to the public. Reservations are not needed. Come and learn!
Hagerman NWR is located at 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman. The phone number for the Refuge is 903 786 2826. Refuge lands are open daily from sunrise to sunset, with no charge for admission. Directions and hours for the Refuge Office and Visitor Center are posted at friendsofhagerman.com/About.