Current science provides many examples of why keystone predators, such as the wolf, are essential for ecosystem health. Dr. Cristina Eisenberg will explore the rich body of science, beginning with Aldo Leopold’s and Joseph Grinnell’s work in the 1920s, that elucidates the powerful link between wolves and whole food webs and the many ecological benefits predators convey. This science has helped wolves and other predators to be accepted by society and return to North American landscapes from which they long had been missing. Dr. Eisenberg will read from her book, The Carnivore Way: Coexisting with and Conserving North America’s Predators and share stories from her years afield studying wolves. She will share her insights on next steps in conserving and coexisting with wolves and other large predators in America, and her thoughts on the ecological role they could play in places like the Northeast.
Following Dr. Eisenberg’s talk, she will join an expert panel to attendees in an interactive discussion about New York’s natural heritage and the impacts of a wilder Northeast.