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Audubon program to focus on humans-wildlife conflicts

By Staff | Mar 3, 2017

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s monthly program for February will feature a presentation entitled “Naughty, Naughty Monkeys: Human-Wildlife Conflict in Indonesia and Beyond.”

The program will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 8 at the at the Hospice of the Panhandle facility in Kearneysville. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

The speaker will be Alison Zak, a PVAS AmeriCorps volunteer who recently studied the conflict between crop-raiding monkeys and farmers in Sulawesi, Indonesia as part of her studies for a Master’s degree in Anthropology.

Her presentation will include an overview of the problem of human-wildlife conflicts, photographs from her research, and insights from interviews conducted during her fieldwork.

Zak says human-wildlife conflict issues are complicated. Many human and wildlife populations live in increasingly overlapping habitats and may even compete for resources such as food.

Certain species of primates and other wildlife share urban and agricultural spaces with people, creating conflict that is a concern for both human well-being and wildlife conservation.

What if these “pests” are also endangered species? How is such conflict studied from both cultural and ecological perspectives?

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

There is plenty of parking at the facility. For more information go to www.potomacaudu-bon.org or contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms @potomac audubon.org or 703-303-1026.