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Last Friday, seven students from Prof. Sam Edwards’s Wildlife Law and Policy class, the animal studies program, and the pre-law program made the trip up to the Vermont Police Academy for a seven-hour, animal cruelty investigation training. While the police cadets were doing push-ups and attending class, we GMC students were getting lessons on how to collect evidence, utilize technology, and educate the public. The chief of police in South Burlington and representatives from the Humane Society were there to lead us in learning this new skill set.

The rules at the start of class made it clear that this would be a different experience. The rules included “no unsecured weapons in the classroom.” more...

Professor Edwards
and students from his Wildlife Law and Policy course will be attending an Cruelty Investigation training on September 7, 2012 at the Vermont Police Academy. This workshop on investigating animal cruelty will cover all the basics of an investigation, including, but not limited to: An overview of the problem of animal cruelty, including its connection with human violence, a review of Vermont's criminal animal cruelty statute, the needed elements for a strong animal cruelty criminal investigation; and A review of resources available at the local, state and national level to assist in responding to incidents of animal cruelty.

John Anderson
, W.H. Drury Professor of ecology and natural history at the College of the Atlantic, will speak on Tuesday, November 29 at 5 p.m. in the East Room. The title of his talk is "In this Broken Archipelago: Birds and Humans among the Maine Islands."

The discussion will cover his research on seabird ecology and human/wildlife interactions in the Gulf of Maine.

Anderson's appearance is part of a new faculty exchange program sponsored by the Eco League, and Anderson is GMC's first Eco League Scholar in Residence. He will spend the day on campus visiting classes and meeting with students and faculty prior to his public lecture.

The Eco League is a consortium of five small liberal arts colleges that share a mission of environmental stewardship, social change, and educating students to build a sustainable future. The member schools are College of the Atlantic, Green Mountain College, Northland College, Prescott College, and Alaska Pacific University. The Eco League Scholar in Residence Program provides an opportunity for Green Mountain College faculty, staff, students, and community members to meet professors from one of the other four colleges.

Steven Rinella
is an avid outdoorsman with a deep respect for wildlife. He’s also a hunter. Rinella will present a talk “Hunting for Food: An Ancient Path through Modern Life” at GMC.

Rinella uses humor punctuated with stories of amazing and sometimes absurd adventures, ranging from falling through the ice in Michigan to getting poisoned by wild mushrooms in Alaska. Above all, he is a serious journalist and incisive observer. Rinella is the author of The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine (Miramax Books, 2005) and American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon (Random House, 2008). The latter title won the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. His writing has appeared in a wide variety of popular publications, including Outside, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and, along with traditional hunting and fishing publications such as Field and Stream and Bowhunter.

Prof. Mark Jordan
co-authored a paper with Reginald Barrett of UC Berkeley and Kathryn Purcell of the US Forest Service. The article, titled "Camera trapping estimates of density and survival of fishers Martes pennanti," will appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Willdife Biology.

Students in Prof. Michael Blust’s Ornithology class recently took a trip to the Parker River Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, Mass., and caught quite the surprise on camera.

While observing a White-faced Ibis, a waterfowl rare to the area, a one-eyed Peregrine Falcon came out of nowhere, taking out the Ibis.

According to Blust, it took about five minutes for the Peregrine to subdue the Ibis.

The video was posted to the Massachusetts Audubon Society website last week, and has received thousands of hits on YouTube.

See the video here. Viewer discretion is advised.

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