Field Notes Blogcast: Meghan Walla Murphy on the Bear Necessities!

Discover Nature: Learning the Bear Necessities

Pepperwood’s Discover Nature Lecture series brings people together for captivating lectures by local researchers, authors, artists and environmental leaders. Past topics have included black bears, beaver ecology, native pollinators, Native American land stewardship, ecological grazing for wildland management and more! These engaging talks are held most months on the first Thursday and include time for Q&A with our wonderful speakers. Find our upcoming lectures here.

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This November, our Discover Nature Lecture featured Meghan Walla Murphy, a local animal tracker, ecologist, professor, bear expert/enthusiast, and writer. Megan joined us at Pepperwood shortly after the Kincade Fire in 2019, to teach us about our black bear (Ursus americanus) neighbors and the crucial role they play in our Northern California ecosystems. Meghan is refreshingly real. Perhaps that’s why she’s so attuned to her surroundings. She delivered an eye-opening presentation, building understanding around this beautiful animal and their behaviors while making the case for fostering a bear-tolerant culture in Sonoma County.

Did you know that Meghan Walla Murphy and various other local bear experts, including Pepperwood’s Wildlife Specialist, Steven Hammerich, have teamed up to form the North Bay Bear Collaborative? This working group was formed to help foster a safe and healthful relationship between humans and bears in the North Bay. You can find out more about this working group by visiting their website:

It’s okay if you weren’t able to make it to this lecture, because we recorded it for you in Pepperwood’s second ever blogcast! We hope you learn lots and enjoy the highlights from Meghan’s lecture below. Be sure to leave comments and tell us what you think.



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