Are you interested in the wildlife and natural habitat of Vermont? Are you curious about our local bears, and their interactions with each other and with us?

The Friends of Green River Reservoir presents its annual community fall lecture, “The Social Black Bear,” Friday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m., at the Green Mountain Technical and Career Center in Hyde Park.

The speaker is with Ben Kilham of the Kilham Bear Center in Lyme, N.H. Kilham is a wildlife biologist who has been researching and living with black bears for nearly 25 years. He has become an expert in black bear behavior, as well as in rehabilitating orphaned and injured bears and reintroducing them to the wild.

He is invited to lecture all over the world, and his work has been featured in five internationally televised documentaries, including National Geographic and Discovery Channel features.

Kilham’s lecture is based on firsthand experience raising cubs and observing black bears. It is illustrated with incredible videos and photos he has taken of bears. He has authored two books on bear behavior, and is well known for his up close and personal interactions with the many bear cubs he has rescued and raised to be returned to the wild.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

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