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Endangered species biologist to speak at UMFK

February 6, 2004

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As part of the month long art exhibit entitled "Threatened and Endangered" by Portland artist, Rebecca Goodale at the University of Maine at Fort Kent Blake Library, a lecture will be presented on Wednesday, February 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference room.

Mark McCullough, Ph.D, endangered species specialist for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Maine Field Office in Old Town, will lead the discussion. The lecture, entitled "The challenges and the future of protecting endangered species in Maine" will introduce people to threatened and endangered species in the state and how they are listed.

McCullough was a wildlife biologist and leader of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's endangered species program for 13 years. He was also leader of the Maine caribou reintroduction project in the 1980's.

Currently there are over 200 plant and animal species listed as threatened or endangered in the State of Maine. These include the peregrine falcon, box turtle, Katahdin arctic butterfly, northern bog lemming, Furbish's lousewort and alpine bearberry. Both the state of Maine and the Federal government maintain species lists.

The artist, Goodale, was drawn to these subjects and hopes that her work will encourage people to consider what is being lost as species are put at risk. The exhibit provides an ideal backdrop for a talk about what is happening in Maine in regard to these plants and animals.

McCullough will have a multimedia presentation and handouts, and will take questions from the audience. "We expect the students and community members who attend will get a lot out of Dr. McCullough's presentation. The exhibit's artwork is beautiful, and the subject should be important to all Mainers." added Don Eno, coordinator of academic outreach at UMFK.

The art exhibit will officially run from February 14th until March 12th at the UMFK Blake Library. Attendees at McCullough's lecture are encouraged to view the exhibit while they are on campus. For more information contact Eno at 834-7835.