Black bears in Connecticut free lecture at Trumbull Library

Trumbull Library, 33 Quality Street, Trumbull, will host a presentation The Bear Facts:  Black Bears in Connecticut on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m.

The natural history of black bears in Connecticut, an overview of black bear habitat, diet, behavior, and current research efforts will be discussed.  The program, intended for all ages, is presented by Paul Colburn, Certified Master Wildlife Conservationist, and will include recommendations for optimum coexistence with our black bear.

From June 2013 to June 2014, the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) recorded 3,718 sightings in 133 towns in the state.  This number included documented sightings in Trumbull.

Colburn is a graduate of the Master Wildlife Conservationist Program (MWCP) and holds a BA from Wesleyan University.  The MWCP is a DEEP adult education program that trains participants in the fields of wildlife management, natural history and interpretation.  The purpose of the program is to develop a volunteer corps capable of providing education, outreach, and service for state agencies, environmental organizations, libraries, schools, and the general public.

Admission is free.  Registration is requested through the library’s website: or by calling 203-452-5197, but patrons are free to drop in.