Vashon Center for the Arts’ Talks on the Rock lecture series in partnership with Vashon Nature Center presents: Coyote Stories from the Field – TALK on the Rock Lecture with Rosemary Schiano. Recorded Wednesday, March 31 2021.

VCA and Vashon Nature Center are excited to host Rosemary Schiano on Wednesday, March 31. Rosemary is an independent wildlife field biologist, tracker and educator. She served from 2011-2019 with the US Forest Service in the high Rockies of Colorado. Rosemary has over 40 years of experience in the field studying wildlife across North America with an emphasis on terrestrial and avian predators. She is a certified bear spray and safety instructor as well as a predator aversion and hazing instructor for federal and state agency personnel, wildlife professionals and law enforcement officers. For professionals, she offers consultation services, classes and workshops on living with predators, natural history and ecology of predator species, bear spray, aversion and hazing techniques, and how to apply them.

For the public, she offers consultation services, talks and classes about predators, non-lethal methods for protecting pets and livestock, preventative and aversion techniques and co-existence. Rosemary has tracked hundreds of mountain lions, bears, wolves and coyotes over the course of her life.

The Talks on the Rock Wild Wonder series is part of a “Year of Wild Wonder” celebrating island natural history. VCA shares a portion of donations with Vashon Nature Center to support the opening of the Wild Wonder natural history exhibit at Vashon Heritage Museum in 2021 and a year of talks, activities and workshops about nature and our place in it.