Naturalist Dorcas Miller will guide a workshop on “Know your Maine Mammals from Head to Tail” at the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition’s monthly meeting on Thursday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Belfast Free Library.

This will be a “hands-on” session with everyone sitting around tables littered with boney skulls of various sizes and different varieties of scat (all bagged). With Miller’s guidance, participants will study size and shape of skulls, the positioning of eyes, the type and number of teeth. In the case of scat, they’ll determine size, shape, contents (fur, bones, insect parts, vegetative matter). Then using skull and scat keys, participants will identify what mammals belong to a variety of specimens. The meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Dorcas S. Miller, who lives in Chelsea, has worked as a writer, outdoor guide, teacher and environmental advocate. She is the author of a dozen books, including: Constellation Finder and Stars of the First People: Native American Star Myths and Constellations.

The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition is a group of individuals working to support conservation and stewardship of natural, scenic, historic and public access resources in the watershed through research, community-building and education.

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