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Talk Thursday on wildlife and Tahoe winters

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The Tahoe Area Sierra Club invites the publicy for a talk about winter wildlife at 7 p.m. Thursday at Emerald Bay Physical Therapy, 812 Emerald Bay Road (Highway 89, north of the Y, on left past Alpina Cafe).

T. Will Richardson, Ph.D, of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science will speak about Winter Wildlife Survival: Strategies for the Tahoe Basin.

Have you ever wondered what Tahoe’s animals do for the winter? Do Tahoe’s bears really hibernate? Exactly what is hibernation, anyway? Where do the frogs go? What about the birds, squirrels, and insects?

This talk will present an overview of the strategies used by Tahoe wildlife for enduring long Sierra Nevada winters, and highlight many fascinating examples of how these strategies are employed.

The event includes light refreshments, fun, friendship and a fantastic speaker.

Richardson is the co-executive director of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science. He has been working and birding in the Tahoe area since 1994. Originally a seasonal Tahoe resident, Richardson settled in Truckee in 2001, and has been intensively studying the region’s natural history and ecosystems ever since. He is currently working on a status and distribution guide for the birds of the Lake Tahoe basin, but his interests span all taxa. He received his Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno, and co-founded the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science with Kirk Hardie in early 2010.


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