Whether furry or feathered, many Americans adopted an animal during the pandemic. In I’ve Adopted You – Now What?, one of several animal-focused courses at Chesapeake Forum this winter, Talbot Humane Society Director Patty Quimby shares the A to Zs of making a smooth transition for new pets and their owners.
All too often, Quimby says, individuals experience “buyer’s remorse” once their cute little adopted dog soils the living room carpet or their newly adopted cat vomits on the bed. She shares tips on socialization, medical care, do’s and don’ts, how to choose a good veterinarian, growing old with your pet, and more with lots of time for questions! One (1) session, Tuesday, February 7th from 1-2:30. ZOOM (with recording). $15.
Wildlife rescuer Michele Dodge shares stories about less successful animal interactions in Helping Our Wild Neighbors: A Year in the Life of a Wildlife Rescuer. As people continue to encroach into previously natural habitats, wild animals find themselves more and more impacted by humans, Michele notes. In this one (1) session course, she shares a years-worth of amazing stories about getting wild animals out of trouble in our increasingly urbanized landscape. Learn about the perils we unwittingly inflict on our wild neighbors. One (1) session, Wednesday, February 22 from 1-2:30 PM. ZOOM (with recording). $15.
Finally, an exotic birding trip you can take from home. In Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl, American field scientist and conservationist Jonathan Slaght takes us to the Primoriye region of Eastern Russia, where we join a small team as they search for the elusive fish owl by night, take mad dashes across thawing rivers, drink vodka with mystics, hermits, and scientists, and listen to fireside tales of Amur tigers. Most captivating of all are the fish owls themselves: vicious hunters, devoted parents, singers of eerie duets, and irrepressible survivors in a harsh and shrinking habitat. Join the search on Thursday, February 16 from 7-8:30 PM. ZOOM (no recording). $7. Reduced rate is courtesy of Pickering Creek Audubon Center.
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