Bears poster

Press Release 5/16/16 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial library is pleased to present a program about Black Bears on Saturday, June 11 at 2:00 p.m. The “Black Bears in Connecticut” presentation focuses on the natural history of black bears in Connecticut, an overview of black bear habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction and current research efforts. It also provides practical recommendations for optimum coexistence with our black bear population. Black bear artifacts are shared with the audience. The presentation runs about 60-90 minutes, depending on the level of audience engagement. The presentation is suitable for ages 12 and up.

The program is presented by Paul Colburn, Certified Master Wildlife Conservationist for the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection. He is responsible for the adult education program that trains participants in the fields of wildlife management, natural history and interpretation. The purpose of the program is to develop a volunteer corps capable of providing education, outreach, and service for state agencies, environmental organizations, libraries, schools, and the general public.

Paul Colburn is a graduate of Master Wildlife Conservationist Program (MWCP) and is a certified Master Wildlife Conservationist (MWC).  The MWCP is a Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) adult education program that trains participants in the fields of wildlife management, natural history and interpretation. The purpose of the program is to develop a volunteer corps capable of providing education, outreach, and service for state agencies, environmental organizations, libraries, schools, and the general public.  In addition to his work as a MWC Paul volunteers for the Red Cross, Wesleyan University Admissions, and The Connecticut Sports Foundation. Paul has served on the Board of Directors of Special Wishes Inc., an organization devoted to assisting families facing life threatening childhood diseases. He is past President of Residents Advocating Conservation, is a member of the Coventry Game Club, and has been active in local politics, youth athletics and served on many local boards and commissions. His interests include the outdoors, nature, hiking, biking, politics, and travel.  Paul holds a BA from Wesleyan University and served honorably in the United States Army.

This workshop is open to public. A $5.00 donation is suggested. The presentation is suitable for ages 12 and up. Please register. For more information, call 860-927-3761 or go to kentmemoriallibrary.org.