Hastings director to describe ‘A Skunk’s Life’

Carmel Valley, California, November 19, 2019 — Friends of the Carmel Valley Library welcome Jen Hunter, PhD., Resident Director of the Hastings Reserve in Carmel Valley, presenting “A Skunk’s Life” at the First Saturday Program on December 7, Carmel Valley branch library, 10:15 am.

Jennifer Hunter holds a PhD. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis. She has collaborated in research projects focusing on soil microbiology, animal movement, behavioral ecology and human-wildlife conflict.  As a zoologist, her interest in the beautiful little animal with the big scent led her to study the role that warning coloration plays in skunk recognition by predators.

Jen Hunter moved to Hastings Natural History Reservation with her husband and two children, Nico and Mia. Her family especially enjoys the night sky, so far from light pollution. Hastings is a rare place, and Jen wishes to invite a wide range of people to visit. She feels this is an ideal place to experience the environment and awaken curiosity about the natural world, especially inspiring the young (and all of us) to support the world of the wild.

Hastings is a Biological Field Station of the University of California, Berkeley’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, and part of a National Reserve System.  Established In 1937, it provides a rich natural diversity. Its 2500 acres are managed with minimal disturbance for research and education.

This program is hosted by Friends of the Carmel Valley Library as part of the long-standing and popular 1st Saturday Series. This event is free, open to the public, and held at the Carmel Valley branch, 65 West Carmel Valley Road. Library doors open at 10 am; the program begins promptly at 10:15. Refreshments will be available; seating is limited. For further information, please call the library at 659-2377.

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