Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation Offers Talk on Gray Wolves

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The Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation invites you to learn about Oregon's top predators, gray wolves and cougars, as it kicks off its Discovering Wildlife Speaker Series with a free presentation by state wildlife biologists on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Portland.

Both species have a fascinating life history and their stories will be told by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists who study, manage and work with them. Tim Hiller, ODFW carnivore coordinator, and Russ Morgan, ODFW wolf coordinator, will discuss the life history, status and challenges of monitoring and managing the state's populations.

Admission is free, but registration is required. Register online at the Foundation's website www.owhf.org or call (503) 255-6059. The hour-long event will be held at the Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center of the Ecotrust Building in Portland’s Pearl District, 721 NW Ninth Avenue, Portland.

The Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation champions projects that benefit fish, wildlife and habitat for access, education and enjoyment by all. Since its founding, the Foundation has directed millions of dollars in funding to fish, wildlife and habitat projects. OWHF and ODFW work together to implement the Oregon Conservation Strategy, a blueprint and action plan for the long-term conservation of Oregon’s native fish and wildlife and their habitats.

Other Events in the OWHF Spring Speaker Series

Wednesday, March 9: Urban Wildlife: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
ODFW wildlife biologists Susan Barnes and Brian Wolfer will discuss living with bats, birds, turtles, raccoons, coyotes and other wildlife in an urban area. Learn more about each species, how you can help them, and ways to reduce conflict.

Wednesday, April 13: Wildlife of the Sage Steppe: Rocky Mountain Goats, Greater Sage-Grouse and more
ODFW biologists Christian Hagen and Nick Myatt will introduce you to the wildlife of the sage steppe including mountain goats and sage-grouse. Did you know that over 60 wildlife species depend on the sage steppe ecosystem?

Wednesday, May 4: Pygmy owls, birds and mammals of Portland's Forest Park
Come learn about Northern Pygmy Owls, mysterious little birds, which are found in the forests and woodlands throughout the Portland area. Wildlife Biologist John Deshler and Forester Barry Sims will discuss Forest Park wildlife and the importance of forest management as it relates to healthy wildlife populations.

For more information, contact Tim Greseth, OWHF executive director, (503) 255-6059. Meg Kenagy, ODFW Conservation Communications coordinator, (503) 947-6021.

High resolution photos of Oregon's gray wolves areavailable on ODFW's website.