The Sequoia Park Zoo Conservation Lecture Series continues with a lecture and reception scheduled for Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Andria Townsend, recent graduate with a MS in Wildlife from Humboldt State University will present “On Fishers and Squirrels”. Meet the speaker and join a reception beginning at 6:30 PM at the Zoo with the lecture following at 7:00 PM. How can something as small as an acorn potentially affect how a carnivore utilizes the forested landscapes it inhabits? Acorns, which are produced by oak trees, are an important food item for many animals, including western gray squirrels and Douglas squirrels. These are two common prey species for fishers in California, a mid-sized member of the weasel family. This lecture will explore the interplay between fisher space use and the presence of squirrels, and how this may all be influenced by the distribution of different oak species. Andria will also discuss why these relationships are important to understand in order to protect and conserve fishers in California that face habitat loss due to forest management and increasing fire severity. Andria received her B.S. in Wildlife from Humboldt State University in 2013. She has worked in Wyoming counting songbirds and in Northern California searching for Northern Spotted Owls. Andria became a field technician for the Northern Sierra Fisher Translocation Project outside of Chico, California in late 2013. During her nearly 4-year tenure in this position, she closely tracked a population of fishers and developed a deep appreciation for the species. She then went on to pursue research of fishers for her Master’s thesis as a graduate student in the Wildlife department at HSU. She earned her Master’s degree in May of this year, and has recently returned home to Humboldt after completing a thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. What: FREE Conservation Lecture: On Fishers and Squirrels When: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 Reception 6:30 PM Lecture 7:00 PM Where: Sequoia Park Zoo, 3414 W Street, Eureka Flamingo Room Admission: FREE Sequoia Park Zoo inspires conservation of the natural world by instilling wonder, respect and passion for wildlife.