WAYNE — The Kennebec Land Trust has announced the schedule of events in its 11th Lyceum series, “Maine Mammals and Their Habitats.” All programs are held at the Ladd Recreation Center, 26 Gott Road. They are free and open to the public. The snow date for any canceled program is Thursday, April 11.

Lyceum talks:

* “The Challenges of Deer Management in Maine: Population Trends and Habitats from Southern to Northern Maine,” will take place from 7 to 8:30 tonight. Lee Kantar, deer and moose biologist at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, will discuss deer management issues, deer ecology and seasonal changes, and moose and deer adaptations to winter in Maine.

* “Maine’s Black Bear Monitoring Project: Three Decades of Research on Maine’s Bear Population,” will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4. Randy Cross, bear biologist at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, will discuss black bear biology, natural history and management, and the department’s bear monitoring and research program.

* “Are bats offshore?”, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, will feature Steve Pelletier, principal scientist at Stantec, forester and wildlife biologist, providing an overview of common and rare bat species in Maine, bat life cycles, White Nose Syndrome and bat monitoring tools.

There will be two Lyceum Field Programs:

* “Mole, Vole, Shrew, Mouse, or Lemming?” from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at Hallowell City Hall, with an optional hike at 6 p.m. Participants will learn about small mammals found in Maine, their habitats and ecology. Naturalist and biologist Don Mairs will present a program with mounted specimens.

* “Bat Ecology” will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at the Hutchinson Pond Conservation Area in Manchester. Aaron Svedlow and Trevor Peterson of the Maine Chapter of The Wildlife Society will lead a field trip to learn about how bats fit into the ecology of Maine’s forests, where bats go in the winter and how they navigate in the dark. Participants will use a bat detector to record ultrasonic echolocation calls.

For more information, call 377-2848 or visit www.tklt.org.

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