November 26, 2012
Photographer Gary Melnysyn Presents Yellowstone Program at Sessions Woods Conservation Education Center in Burlington
Master Wildlife Conservationist and Photographer Gary Melnysyn will present “The Wolves & Bears of Yellowstone” at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Sessions Woods Conservation Education Center on Saturday, December 1st at 1:30 PM. Gary is an avid outdoor enthusiast who has been interested in wildlife from a very young age. A self-taught photographer, Gary’s travels have taken him from the far reaches of Alaska across the Canadian tundra, through the wilderness of Montana and Wyoming, southwest to the shores of the Sea of Cortez, through the Great Divide, and into the deep woods of Maine. Gary’s passion for photography, combined with his wildlife background, results in stunning, wildlife images. For the past two years, he has worked as a ranger at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
“The Wolves & Bears of Yellowstone” will provide insight on the reintroduction of the timber wolf population in 1995 to Yellowstone and the current status of the population. The program includes information on wolf habitat, predation, and social structure. The bear portion of the program discusses the plight of the grizzly bear population from the very beginnings of park history through the Grizzly Bear Recovery Act and ending with the current status of grizzlies in Yellowstone.
On Saturday, December 15th, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, the Friends of Sessions Woods will host a “Meet & Greet Reception with Gary Melnysyn” at Sessions Woods to view his award-winning photography and provide information on his work. Light refreshments will be served.
Sessions Woods Conservation Education Center is located at 341 Milford Street (Route 69) in Burlington. Both programs are free but pre-registration is appreciated (860-675-8130, Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM). Sessions Woods is operated by the Connecticut DEEP Wildlife Division. The Friends of Sessions Woods is a volunteer organization that supports educational exhibits and programs at the facility. The Conservation Center’s exhibit area will be open from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on both days. For more information, contact CT DEEP Natural Resource Educator Laura Rogers-Castro (firstname.lastname@example.org