Hikes & Events


Annual Meeting & Lecture

Friday, December 1, 2017, 7:30 pm Memorial Town Hall

The Cougar Returns to the East

Susan C. Morse of Keeping Track

There is no question about it. Cougars are not only being seen in eastern North America, some are attempting to recolonize their former habitats. Where once it was flatly dismissed as impossibility in the so-called ‘developed’ east, scientists have now documented cougar dispersals and even occupancy of a growing list of eastern states and provinces. Join us for a magnificently illustrated introduction to cougar biology and ecology with wildlife biologist Susan Morse. We will also get the low-down regarding the latest confirmations of cougars in the east, including the recently documented suitability of a substantial amount of wild habitats from Manitoba to Louisiana, and Maine to Georgia. It is only a matter of time!

Join us for a magnificently illustrated introduction to cougar biology and ecology where Sue has studied them, from Alberta to the Arizona/Mexico border.

Tracking Hike with Susan Morse,
Summer Hill Preserve

Saturday, December 2, 1:00 p.m.

Join master tracker Susan Morse on an excursion through the land trust’s Summer Hill Preserve.  Susan will identify tracks, scents and signs of the many animals that live in and travel through the preserve.  Susan has over forty years’ experience monitoring wildlife and interpreting wildlife habitat use.  She is the founder of Keeping Track, a Vermont non-profit organization devoted to providing technical training to professional biologists, citizen science volunteers, land trust officials and conservation planners.  This knowledge is used to better detect, record and monitor the status of wildlife and habitat.

Meet in the Summer Hill Preserve parking lot on Summer Hill Road, just north of its intersection with Route 80. NO DOGS, PLEASE

About Susan Morse

Throughout North America, Susan Morse is highly regarded as an expert in natural history and tracking. Ms. Morse has more than forty years’ experience monitoring wildlife and interpreting wildlife habitat use. Her research has focused on cougar, bobcat, black bear, and Canada lynx. She has given workshops on wild felids and other carnivores to a wide range of audiences, including the general public, conservation leaders and professional biologists.

In 2001 Morse received the Franklin Fairbanks Award for her lifelong creative and dedicated service to enriching the awareness and understanding of the natural world among the residents of New England. She and Keeping Track® were recently recognized by the Adirondack Council for decades of conservation work in the Champlain basin bioregion. Ms. Morse has authored numerous articles and authors a regular column on wildlife in Northern Woodlands Magazine. Her work has been featured in many other publications, including Smithsonian, Audubon, Amicus Journal, Forest Magazine, Wild Earth, Vermont Life, Adirondack Life, The Nature Conservancy, and Ranger Rick, as well as on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition”. Morse’s life work and photography is highlighted in The Woods Scientist by Stephen Swinburne (Houghton Mifflin, 2002). Ms. Morse is currently under contract with Princeton University Press, publisher for her upcoming two-volume text covering the monitoring of selected focal wildlife species. On April 9, 2013 Morse received Unity College’s Environmental Leader Award. Morse was honored for her accomplishments in wildlife monitoring and conservation, and raising public awareness of the need for habitat protection. The award was presented through Unity’s Women in Environmental Leadership Program. Each year the program recognizes a professional woman who demonstrates outstanding leadership in an environmental field and serves as a model for future generations of women environmental leaders.

Twenty years ago, Morse founded Keeping Track®, an organization devoted to training professional biologists and citizen scientists alike in wildlife monitoring skills. Keeping Track’s mission is to empower multiple stakeholders to use their knowledge to detect, record and monitor the status of wildlife and wildlife habitat in their communities. Data collected by Keeping Track teams has influenced the conservation of over 40,000 acres of habitat in twelve states and Quebec.