Tuesday, January 29, 7-9 pm
Senior Center, 27 Maple Street, Arlington
Our special guest will be John Maguranis, Animal Control Officer for the Town of
Belmont and Massachusetts representative of Project Coyote. John will explore with us an
understanding and appreciation of these animal neighbors, and how we can –
and should – coexist with them. See story below.
We’ll share some refreshments and some successes
of the past year, and look forward to the work ahead in 2013.
Please join us!
Increasingly, urban communities such as ours are
the scene of interaction between humans and the wildlife we have displaced.
This year's ALT annual meeting will feature
guest speaker John Maguranis, Animal Control
Officer for the Town of Belmont and Massachusetts representative of Project
Coyote. John will explore with us an
understanding and appreciation of these animal neighbors, and how we can --
and should-- coexist with them.
Project Coyote's mission is to "promote
educated coexistence between people and coyotes; we do this by championing
progressive management policies that reduce human-coyote conflict,
supporting innovative scientific research, and by fostering respect for and
understanding of America's native wild 'song dog.' "
About our Guest Speaker
John Maguranis served
as a United States Army veterinary technician for more than twenty-years,
caring for a wide range of animals from bald eagles to bison. Upon retiring
from the army ten years ago and following his love for animals, John became
an Animal Control Officer for a small town near Boston, Massachusetts where
he has been able to put his veterinary skills to work for wildlife. John
quickly recognized the unfair press regarding coyotes and started a
campaign to educate the community about why coyotes matter ecologically and
why they deserve respect and appreciation. John has since provided over 100
public and private presentations about living with coyotes, empowering
communities and Animal Control Officers (ACOs) with the tools, information,
and resources they need to coexist with coyotes. His presentations have
been requested from organizations that include the National Park Service,
the Appalachian Trail Association, and the Boston Park Rangers. He has
provided classes to the Animal Control Officer Certification School for
Massachusetts and working with Project Coyote will expand our outreach to
the animal services community.
John's love for the environment, wildlife, and
ecology has driven him to become a strong advocate for America's Song Dog
and conservation issues. He has worked collaboratively with many
organizations and researchers throughout New England on policy related
issues and field research while advocating for better treatment of coyotes
and all wildlife. John's passion and engaging personality have been
instrumental in helping to foster educated coexistence and compassionate
conservation throughout New England. His ability to distill information
from scientists, researchers and biologists and present it in a way that is
meaningful and memorable has earned him recognition throughout the North
questions please contact ALT
President Clarissa Rowe at 781-643-3156 or email email@example.com