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A look at international wildlife trafficking

By Staff | Jan 8, 2016

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s monthly program for January will feature a presentation about international wildlife trafficking. The program will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13 at the Hospice of the Panhandle facility in Kearneysville. Admission will be free and everyone is welcome to attend.

The speaker will be U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Historian Mark Madison, who is based at the Service’s National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown.

He will discuss the current extent of international wildlife trafficking and approaches to curbing it.

He will bring with him some confiscated wildlife items from NCTC’s archives. He will also explain the “Suitcase for Survival” program, a joint government-private sector project that provides schools and zoos with information kits that be used to help educate children about the problems associated with wildlife trafficking.

Prior to Madison’s presentation, there will be an informal informational open house about PVAS’s Potomac Valley Master Naturalist Program. The open house session will be held in the same room from 6-7 p.m. It will be intended to give people who are interested in becoming a Master Naturalist an opportunity to learn more about the process, and to ask questions about it.

The Hospice facility’s address is 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville. The Audubon events will be held in the main meeting room of the facility’s Main Office building.

There is plenty of parking at the facility.

For more information go to www.potomacaudubon.org or contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026.