On Friday March 16 from 12 noon to 2:50 p.m, students at Mountain View will participate in a unique wildlife outreach program provided by Wild South.
The headline feature at noon, for all the students, will be Rob Gudger and his four “live” wolves. Gudger is an outstanding expert on wolf behavior and will explain why wolves are our most misunderstood wildlife in the animal kingdom. Students will have the opportunity to get up close to these magnificent creatures that are no longer found in the wilds of North Carolina and many other states in the eastern United States.
Noted wildlife videographer, Kate Marshall, has been tracking wild black bears for over a decade, documenting what she and her husband Al, see and hear so they can show up close glimpses of bears in their natural habitat. Their experiences and research on wild bear behavior has convinced them that only through understanding black bears can we successfully manage bears and reduce human-bear conflicts. Kate is a spokesperson for Wild South’s “Understanding Our Black Bear” devoted to living safely and in harmony with these valued aspects of the wild.
Steve O’Neil works as a naturalist and outdoor educator at Earthshine Lodge in Lake Toxaway, NC. His passions are reptiles, wildlife conservation and environmental education. Steve has conducted hundreds of nature and wildlife presentations to thousands of children and adults over the years. He has led many camper groups, youngsters and adults into mountains, caves, swamps and dunes in search of all things and all places wild and wonderful.
He will be bringing an assortment “live” reptiles, amphibians and other “critters” for an up close visit with the students at Mountain View Middle School.