Mid-Coast Currents to Explore Groundbreaking Bear Study at Unity College on August 16
Unity, Maine – On Friday, August 16 at 10 a.m. the WERU (89.9FM, 99.9 FM Bangor and streaming online at weru.org) community radio news, events and perspectives show Mid-Coast Currents hosted by Unity College Professor John Zavodny and Sara Trunzo, Unity College food and farm projects coordinator, will explore Unity College’s ground breaking bear study. The show is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. It will also be archived for access anytime.
The in-studio guest will be George Matula, an associate professor at Unity College who is overseeing the study.
The Unity College bear study is in cooperation with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW), collecting data similar to what MDIFW gathers in their three study areas. “They have been studying Maine black bears dating back to 1975,” Matula said. “This initiative will provide opportunities for students to get involved in real-life, large mammal research and management that is unique for undergraduate students.”
Trapping of bears begin in May, with Matula and Lisa Bates ’08, a Unity alum who is a wildlife biologist contractor with the MDIFW, leading students to wildlife management district 23 in the Dixmont, Troy, and Benton areas. They will place GPS / satellite collars on up to five adult female Maine bears.
The show will address common questions about bears such as: Why study bears? Why is the general public hearing more about them? How are bears affected by climate change?
WERU is a listener-supported and volunteer-powered non-commercial radio service that celebrates cultural and musical diversity and meets informational needs of communities served by its broadcast signal, particularly audiences whose needs are not fully served by other broadcast media. (For more information: weru.org and 469-6600)
In recent years Unity College has gained national attention for a variety of achievements including: its focus on sustainability science, the leading-edge of 21st century ecological problem solving and the vanguard in the fight for the mitigation of global climate change; its ground-breaking “green” innovations such as the award-winning TerraHaus, the first student residence on a college or university campus built to the Passive House standard, the most energy efficient building standard in the world; and for being the first college in the United States to divest from investments in fossil fuels, igniting a growing national movement in higher education.
Unity College is a small private college in rural Maine that provides dedicated, engaged students with a liberal arts education which emphasizes the environment and natural resources. Unity College graduates are prepared to be environmental stewards, effective leaders, and responsible citizens through active learning experiences within a supportive community.