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Chris Maron, executive director of the Conservation Partnership, said Morse visited nearly a decade ago and drew a large audience.

"When she was here in 2001, we had an overflow audience of over 260 people who enjoyed seeing the furs and discovering ways to find signs of animal activity," Maron said. "They especially liked her beautiful pictures and listening to stories illustrating an extensive knowledge and sometimes controversial ideas about wildlife."

Westport naturalist and guide Elizabeth Lee echoed Maron's comments.

"The Keeping Track Wildlife Event gives people, especially families, an opportunity to enjoy an educational and inspiring evening," Lee said. "Full-time residents, visitors, loggers, hikers, hunters, farmers, teachers, nature enthusiasts, and anyone interested in the outdoors will appreciate learning more about the Champlain Valley's wildlife."

Maron said the program was made possible with help from the Northeast Wilderness Trust, the Adirondack Council, Champlain National Bank, Dogwood Bread Company, and Elizabeth Lee.

For more information on Keeping Track visit www.keepingtrack.org.

John Gereau is managing editor of Denton Publications and an avid outdoorsman. His column appears regularly. He can be reached at johng@denpubs.com.

Bowhunting class offered

WARRENSBURG - Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County will be offering a bowhunter education class Sunday, Sept. 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Stony Creek Rod & Gun Club. Each student must complete the home study workbook, which takes between 2.5-5 hours, and present the completed workbook at the beginning of the classroom session.

This class is provided free of charge. Youth must be at least 11 years old before the class and have written parental permission.

Class is limited to 20 students; pre-registration is required and can be done by calling 668-4881 or 623-3291.

Buck contest to benefit local youth

TICONDEROGA - There will be a Big Buck Contest to benefit the Riley Knight family. There is a $10 entry fee and hunters must sign up before hunting season. Bucks can be weighed in at the EMA Tuesday through Friday 2 p.m. to closing and at Mike's Bait and Tackle on Dusty Lane in Ticonderoga Monday through Sunday, 4-9 p.m.

For information, call Bobby Fuller at 503-5022.

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