Conservation Lecture Series 
Thursday, May 9, 2013 7 PM 
FSUCML Auditorium

Bears of the Forgotten Coast 
By: Sarah Barrett  
The coastline of Florida from Shell Point to Port St. Joe is known as Florida's Forgotten Coast.  Nationally, this area is most well known for its quiet beaches and abundant seafood.  For residents of the Forgotten Coast it is also known for a subpopulation of Florida black bears. Black bears are secretive animals that can live in close proximity to people without detection.  But when bears have easy access to food attractants such as garbage, pet food, and bird feeders, bears will venture closer and more often into residential areas. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Sarah Barrett will present information to residents about bear biology and behavior and how to coexist with Florida's black bears.

*Free and open to the public. No registration required.  
Bio: Sarah Barrett
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
Sarah Barrett has lived in Florida since 1983, growing up in Jacksonville.  She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.   Sarah has spent over 15 years working as a zookeeper, veterinary technician, and wildlife biologist.

She began working with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Bear Management Program in July 2010.  Her primary duties include intern oversight, public outreach, and data collection and organization. Sarah has worked with both captive and wild black bears and has conducted extensive outreach and education on living with black bears in Florida. 
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after the talks for the opportunity to chat one-on-one with the speaker. If you have any questions, please contact Brittany Sims ( 
Help solve the hunger crisis in our community.  Bring non-perishable food to the lecture that we can pass on to Second Harvest.
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