Living with black bears on the coast, 1pm Sunday August 18, 2022. Free admission, children must be accompanied by an adult

In conjunction with, Animals in Nature/Art & Artifacts exhibit:

Skyler Gerrity, Assistant District Wildlife Biologist, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Skyler is the Assistant District Wildlife Biologist for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in Newport. He covers the Newport district which extends from Cascade Head in the north to the Smith River in the south. Some of his duties include managing terrestrial mammal and bird populations, mitigating wildlife conflicts, restoring and protecting wildlife habitat, and providing wildlife education to members of the public.

Skyler has worked with a variety of wildlife species across the western United States. Now in Newport, black bears are one of the primary species he manages. A large component of this management includes resolving human-black bear conflicts across his district. Through the scope of this work, Skyler spends time discussing with the public how to coexist with these large and charismatic mammals.

Adding Native Plants to Your Sustainable Gardening Practices, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022 1PM

Save the Date! In conjunction with, The Sustainable Feast exhibit:

Ann Geyer, Native Plant Specialist, Lincoln County Master Gardener Association

Native plants have formed symbiotic relationships with native wildlife over thousands of years, and therefore are foundation plantings for a sustainable habitat. If planted correctly, they play a strategic role in supporting local wildlife, conserving water, reducing erosion, maintaining healthy soil, and avoiding the need for chemical pesticides. Learn how to select and care for natives and enjoy the benefits of a healthier, wildlife friendly garden.  

Gardening Speaker Biography

Ann Geyer was introduced to gardening by her grandfather who was a landscaper at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.  While in college she worked at the University of California Botanical Garden tending primarily to the local natives.  Ann joined the Master Gardener program in 1981 and has been educating gardeners about the benefits of natives since then. Ann maintains a native plant nursery to support her local Master Gardener program that provides hands-on opportunities to propagate and care for local natives.

Meet Buck and ODFW Senior Trooper Josh Wolcott-Petersen Wildlife K-9 detection. July 28, 11-1pm

Join us for a free family-friendly program!

K-9 Buck is a yellow Lab, and his official title is Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Conservation K-9. Buck is the first, and only, wildlife detection K-9 in the state of Oregon. He and his handler, Senior Trooper Josh Wolcott-Petersen, work out of the Oregon State Police Springfield Area Command, but can be deployed anywhere in Oregon as needed to help solve Fish & Wildlife crimes.

Buck and Senior Trooper Wolcott-Petersen graduated in May 2019 from a specialized training academy in Indiana, where they trained alongside other Fish & Wildlife human and K-9 officers from around the US. Buck has been trained to do three specific tasks: area searches, human tracking, and wildlife detection. Buck has been trained to detect deer, elk, bear, turkey, waterfowl, and salmon. He is also trained to search for firearms, shell casings, and any other items with gunpowder residue.

OSP’s Fish & Wildlife K-9 program is mostly funded by donations. Oregon Wildlife Foundation partnered with OSP to purchase Buck in November 2018. Oregon Wildlife Foundation is also sponsoring his training, equipment, and upkeep. OSP would like to thank Oregon Wildlife Foundation for their sponsorship and support of our Fish & Wildlife K-9 program. You can find out more about Oregon Wildlife Foundation’s support for OSP’s K-9 program or donate here:

Thursday July 28, 11-1pm

Oregon State Police, Sr. Trooper, Josh Wolcott and Buck the Conservation K-9 will be at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center to talk about Buck’s job as the first and only anti-poaching K-9. Buck is a four-year old yellow lab. He and Wolcott have been together since Buck started training in 2018. The public, including families with children, are encouraged to attend (children must be accompanied by an adult); admission is free.