Free Conservation Lecture

February 12, 2015 @ 3:00 am – 4:00 am

“Imperiled Fishers in the Pacific Northwest”  by Sean Matthews, Ph.D., Wildlife Conservation Society, Klamath Landscape Coordinator


The fisher, known to science as Pekania pennanti, is considered one of the most adept and elusive carnivores in our western forests; capable of regularly preying on well-fortified porcupines and rarely spotted by even the most regular of forest visitors. Despite their tenacity and elusive nature, these house-cat-sized weasels were unable to elude the pressures of unregulated trapping for furs and the loss of forested habitats associated with logging over the last century. It is suspected that logging continues to threaten fisher populations by means of habitat fragmentation, reductions in habitat size, and changes in forest structure rendering it unsuitable for fishers. As a result of population declines, range contractions, and existing threats, the fisher is a candidate for federal endangered species protection.

Join conservation scientist Dr. Sean Matthews as he shares his decade of research and conservation experience on fishers throughout California, Oregon, and Washington. Through photographs and videos, Sean will share stories of fisher biology, conservation concerns, research and conservation efforts, and what it takes to raise an orphaned fisher kit, from rescue to release.


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