Coyote Ecology & Behavior Presentation

Hi All,

The Animal Advisory Committee is hosting a coyote awareness program at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck on February 26th at 7pm. Dr. Jonathan Way will be giving a presentation based on his eastern coyote research. We hope the presentation will be educational on how we can peacefully coexist with coyotes. We anticipate this will be a packed event and hope to do more of these events in the future.

Hope to see you there!

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Alicia P.

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4 thoughts on “Coyote Ecology & Behavior Presentation

  1. Holy Cow! Jonathan Way! I’ve read all his papers. Dude is awesome. Is there going to be a meet and greet before hand? I need to get his two books so I can have him sign them.

    I’ll be sure to check out the Gloucester Advisory Committee website to keep up to date on his visit. High fives to whoever lined him up.

    Some info. We both went to UMass Amherst!

    Jonathan (Jon) Way has a B.S. (UMass Amherst), M.S. (UConn Storrs), and doctorate (Boston College) related to the study of eastern coyotes/coywolves. He is the author of 2 books: 1) Suburban Howls, an account of his experiences studying eastern coyotes in Massachusetts, and 2) My Yellowstone Experience, which details – in full color – the spectacular wildlife, scenery, and hydrothermal features that can be found in the world’s first national park. Jon founded and runs an organization, Eastern Coyote/Coywolf Research, where he is continuing his goal of long-term ecological and behavioral research on coywolves. He also supplements his research with regular trips to Yellowstone National Park. He is seeking a publisher for a 3rd book project of his: “Coywolf”.

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    1. Thanks for the enthusiasm Paul! I’m not sure if he’ll have time to sign books, but it doesn’t hurt to try. We are very lucky to have a wonderful donor donate towards Jon’s fee and the gracious Cultural Center for donating the space.

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  2. 30 days before the talk. Here is a link to most of Jon Way’s papers. I find this stuff fascinating and not just because my day job is genomics research. There is always a debate in plants, animals, bacteria, how to break down species. Do you lump together or do you split apart? Jon and I are splitters. Canis oriens, the coywolf has all the characteristics of a species. Except on the very edges of its range it breeds only with itself. It has developed very unique characteristics that are different from a coyote, wolf, or dog. The genomic sequencing is still baby steps (mitochondrial and not full genome screening) but the percentages of the coywolf look to be 10% domestic dog, 30% wolf, 60% coyote. It has adapted into areas where I coyote would never go. So coywolf, canis oriens, a new species possibly only 100 years old, is in our backyard and is undergoing evolution with each breeding season. It breeds only amongst itself but traits are being selected for so that it survives the Northeast and Cape Ann.

    I’ve seen evolution in a petri dish but seeing it in our backyard is amazing.

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