Cougars at the Northwest Stream Center

Apr 02, 2014
As this picture shows, Brian Kertson is a wildlife scientist who really gets up close and personal with cougars.

Spring is here, and hiking season is coming soon.

Remember, when you are out in the deep forest, you are in cougar country.  More than likely you won’t see our native mountain lions, but they will see you!

To get you ready for your next excursion into the forest, the Adopt A Stream Foundation and Snohomish County Parks presents "Cougars" at the NW Stream Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the Northwest Stream Center in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett.

Brian Kertson will be conducting an entertaining and informative lecture on cougar ecology, behavior, and management.

You will learn how to identify cougar signs in the woods and the keys to co-existing with cougars where you live and recreate.

After earning his Ph.D. with the Washington Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Washington, Kertson was recruited by the Idaho Fish and Game Department.

Then, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife drafted him back to Washington.

Kertson has 12 years experience conducting intensive, field-based cougar research in the Cascade Mountains.

His current research examines the potential influences of expanding housing developments on cougar-human interaction in western Washington.

Cougars are the apex predator of the Pacific NW forests. Solitary and secretive, these big cats are often shrouded in mystery, mythology, and misinformation.

Kertson will dispel all the myths. During his entertaining presentation, you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about cougars: how big they get, how many kittens they have, how long they live in the wild, favorite foods, habitat requirements, do they really move around in the suburbs, and much more.

You will also get to test out your powers of observations.  Kertson will show several “deep forest” photos, and you will be asked to “find the cougar.”

The first one to meet the challenge will receive a prize: a beautiful Adopt A Stream Foundation poster of Sockeye Salmon.

This show is geared for 6th graders to old-timers.  Call 425-316-8592 to reserve your seat. Adopt A Stream Foundation members $5; non-members $7. Proceeds benefit Streamkeeper Academy.

To learn about other Streamkeeper Academy events like the April 24 Pacific Feast: Cooks Guide to West Coast Foraging and Cuisine and May 9 All About Beavers show, go to

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