Weasels represent a diverse group of small, carnivorous mammals that live in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems all over the world. Species in the weasel family tend to have bodies that are long and thin, secrete smelly odor to mark their territory, and can kill prey much larger than themselves. Six species in the weasel family live in Maine, varying in size from the short-tailed weasel (weighing 5 oz.) to the river otter (weighing up to 30 lbs). In the presentation, you will learn about weasel ecology, status, and natural history, as well as handle pelts and skulls of the various species.
Shevenell Webb is a wildlife biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in Bangor. Her primary duties include research and management of a wide variety of small and medium-sized mammals, including bats, northern bog lemmings, beavers, bobcats, fishers, and coyotes. Before joining the Department in July 2018, Shevenell worked in western Canada for 10 years, where she was involved in researching wolverines, conducting aerial surveys on moose and elk, and restoring wildlife habitat. Shevenell received her Bachelors in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Maine in Orono and her Masters in Environmental Biology and Ecology at the University of Alberta. Shevenell lives in Mt Vernon with her family and loves to spend her free time gardening, birding, picking berries, raising chickens and pigs, making maple syrup, hiking, and canoeing.
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